Navigation Links
NSF-funded workshops help young researchers teach science
Date:2/6/2009

EAST LANSING, Mich. Early career scientists will leave the lab this summer to apply their scientific skills to effective teaching, sharpening their skills at workshops held around the country by Michigan State University and partners.

As enrollment in science majors grows, college-level science teaching must forego the straight lecture approach in favor of inquiry-based learning, according to MSU plant biology professor Diane Ebert-May, a passionate researcher and advocate of learner-based instruction. Under her initiative, MSU has landed a four-year, $2 million National Science Foundation grant to train 200 postdoctoral researchers to teach scientifically.

"Many postdoctoral scholars are deeply involved in research and have few opportunities to develop their skills as teachers yet many desire to do so," Ebert-May said. "Once they finish their postdoc positions and join the faculty of a university, they are responsible for both research and teaching, yet they have minimal preparation for teaching science effectively to college students. Our approach gives these future college professors proven methods for teaching science effectively."

The Faculty Institutes for Reforming Science Teaching will attract postdoctoral researchers from across the country. These are scientists who are expected to implement state-of-the-art instruction from an early point in their careers. It is the largest program of its kind, led by Ebert-May and by Terry Derting of Murray State University.

FIRST will conduct four-day workshops this summer and next for 100 postdoctoral biologists. Another 100 will follow in 2011 and 2012. Expert scientists who are innovators in teaching will conduct workshops at five biology field stations across the country, including MSU's Kellogg Biological Station north of Kalamazoo.

Participants will return to their institutions later this year to teach or help teach introductory biology courses using curricula they design at the workshops. Scientists involved in the project will mentor postdocs throughout the academic year, after which participants will return the following summer to fine-tune their instructional designs and teaching skills based on assessment data.

"A real challenge in science education is engaging the students by igniting a passion and placing them in situations where they are applying the methods of science," Ebert-May said. "Once a student learns about the nature of science and how to build scientific knowledge, we find they excel, even if they are somebody who does not consider themselves strong in science."

"To best prepare people for understanding the complexities of modern biology, we have found that scientific teaching is key," Ebert-May said. "Our data show these methods work in improving science literacy, and the NSF grant allows us to replicate our methods with the next generation of college science professors."

Scientists seeking NSF-funded positions for postdoctoral researchers must now include a mentoring plan for their scholars in grant proposals, Ebert-Mays said. "That's another positive move toward developing career scientists who are skilled in teaching."


'/>"/>

Contact: Mike Steger
stegerm@msu.edu
517-432-4561
Michigan State University
Source:Eurekalert  

Related biology news :

1. Workshops on biotechnology and water for science journalists
2. Entrepreneurs wanted for NJIT workshops about how to launch a business
3. Meth exposure in young adults leads to long-term behavioral consequences
4. Ancient whale fall from Californias Año Nuevo Island one of youngest, most complete known
5. Ancient whale fall from Californias Ao Nuevo Island one of youngest, most complete known
6. Youngstown, Ohio Police Award Mobile Data Contract to BIO-key(R) International
7. Tufts University biologists link Huntingtons disease to health benefits in young
8. Alcohol and sleep restriction can affect young mens alertness and driving performance
9. 18 young scientists join EMBO Young Investigator network
10. Yale chemist receives NIH Young Investigator Award for antibody targeting
11. 2007 Albert Maucher Prize for Outstanding Young Geoscientists
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
NSF-funded workshops help young researchers teach science
(Date:6/9/2016)... leader in attendance control systems is proud to announce the introduction of fingerprint attendance ... the right employees are actually signing in, and to even control the opening of ... ... ... Photo - ...
(Date:6/2/2016)... The Department of Transport Management (DOTM) of ... project, for the , Supply and Delivery of ... Infrastructure , to Decatur , ... Management Solutions. Numerous renowned international vendors participated in the tendering ... selected for the most compliant and innovative solution. The contract ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... Ampronix facilitates superior patient care by providing unparalleled technology to leaders of ... the latest premium product recently added to the range of products distributed by Ampronix. ... ... ... Medical Display- Ampronix News ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... ... June 23, 2016 , ... ... its second eBook, “Clinical Trials Patient Recruitment and Retention Tips.” Partnering with experienced ... this eBook by providing practical tips, tools, and strategies for clinical researchers. , ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... Mass. , June 23, 2016   ... development of novel compounds designed to target cancer ... napabucasin, has been granted Orphan Drug Designation from ... the treatment of gastric cancer, including gastroesophageal junction ... stemness inhibitor designed to inhibit cancer stemness pathways ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... A person commits a crime, and the detective ... the criminal down. An outbreak of foodborne illness ... (FDA) uses DNA evidence to track down the bacteria that ... It,s not. The FDA has increasingly used a complex, cutting-edge ... illnesses. Put as simply as possible, whole genome sequencing is ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... Lawrence, MA (PRWEB) , ... June 23, 2016 ... ... the Peel Plate® YM (Yeast and Mold) microbial test has received AOAC Research ... test platform of microbial tests introduced last year,” stated Bob Salter, Vice President ...
Breaking Biology Technology: