Teaching Scientific Inquiry and
the Nature of Science
in YOUR Classroom

University of Virginia
Curry School of Education
College of Arts and Sciences
Virginia Association of Science Teachers
UVa Center for the Liberal Arts

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Summer 2011 Workshop

July 11-16, 2011 at the University of Virginia, Curry School of Education, Ruffner Hall, Charlottesville

The Summer 2011 Workshop is full. We have had a very large number of applicants and we sincerely wish that we could offer admission to everyone. We will apply for another grant for Summer 2012. If you would like to receive an email about the Summer 2012 session as soon as the information is available, please add yourself to our mailing list.

The newly revised Virginia Science Standards of Learning (SOLs) provide increased emphasis on the nature of science and scientific inquiry. In response, we are providing a professional development opportunity designed to enhance teachers' understanding and ability to teach the nature of science and scientific inquiry.

The professional development program includes a one-week summer institute plus ongoing support (including video reflections/coaching and a follow-up meeting at the VAST conference). You will receive (free of charge) 3 graduate course credits, as well as all necessary materials to implement what you learn. Our goal is to instruct teachers using the same activities and approaches that they can use in their own classrooms. So, expect to have lots of fun while you grow and learn with your peers. The professional development topics include:

  • What is scientific literacy and how is it achieved?
  • What is the nature of science and why should we teach it?
  • How can we teach the nature of science in ways that are interesting and engaging to students?
  • How can you modify traditional lessons so that they teach about the nature of science?
  • What is scientific inquiry?
  • What should we teach students about scientific inquiry?
  • How can you know whether an activity promotes inquiry?
  • How can you modify activities so that they promote more inquiry?
  • How can you assess the nature of science and scientific inquiry?

You will also develop a year-long scope-and-sequence for teaching both the nature of science and scientific inquiry. At the end of the program, you will have the knowledge, materials, plan, and support necessary to begin integrating the nature of science and scientific inquiry into your instruction from day 1 of the next school year.

If you decide to participate you will
:

  • Develop new knowledge and skills that will help you more effectively address the Virginia Standards of Learning related to the nature of science and scientific inquiry
  • Receive $150 in materials to help you teach the nature of science
  • Receive a free FLIP video camera and instruction on how to use it for video reflections
  • Receive 3 graduate credit hours (EDIS 5500) at no cost
  • Receive free housing and a travel and meals stipend for the one week institute on July 11-16, 2011
  • Receive travel costs to the Virginia Association of Science Teachers Professional Development Institute November 17-19, 2011.

You will be required to:

  • Attend all class sessions, July 11-16, 2011 at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville (we plan to finish late in the afternoon on the 16th).
  • Attend the follow-up meeting on November 17, 2011 at the Virginia Association of Science Teachers Professional Development Institute.
  • Implement what you have learned in the 2011-2012 school year.
  • Record and edit one video reflection on teaching the nature of science in fall 2011.
  • Record and edit a second video reflection on inquiry based learning in spring 2012.
  • Participate in one or two phone interviews, approximately 30 minutes each and scheduled at your convenience, to assess how your views changed in response to the course.

Priority will be given to middle school science teachers. At this time, we do not anticipate having space for elementary and high school teachers.

To create the video reflections, you will combine self-recorded video segments of your lessons incorporating activities and instructional strategies learned during the summer institute.  You will select video segments from multiple lessons to illustrate your institute-related classroom instruction on the nature of science and scientific inquiry.  The video reflections will document your instruction as well as your students’ work and they will provide you the opportunity to evaluate and reflect on the effectiveness of your instruction.  


The workshop is organized by Professors Jennie Chiu and Randy Bell at the University of Virginia Curry School of Education and Professor Ed Murphy from the Astronomy Department).

The Virginia Association of Science Teachers and the UVa Center for the Liberal Arts are partners in this program.

 

Funds for this project were provided by a grant from the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, Title II, Part A, Improving Teacher Quality State Grants administered by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia