AAS 205th Meeting, 9-13 January 2005
Session 132 Astronomy in the K-12 Classroom
Oral, Wednesday, January 12, 2005, 2:00-3:30pm, Pacific Salon 1

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[132.04] Interactive Teaching as a Recruitment and Training Tool for K-12 Science Teachers

J. L. Rosenberg (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)

The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Teacher Preparation (STEMTP) program at the University of Colorado has been designed to recruit and train prospective K-12 science teachers while improving student learning through interactive teaching. The program has four key goals: (1) recruit undergraduate students into K-12 science education, (2) provide these prospective teachers with hands-on experience in an interactive teaching pedagogy, (3) create an intergrated program designed to support (educationally, socially, and financially) and engage these prospective science teachers up until they obtain liscensure and/or their masters degree in education, and (4) improve student learning in large introductory science classes. Currently there are 31 students involved in the program and a total of 72 students have been involved in the year and a half it has been in existence. I will discuss the design of the STEMTP program, the success in recruiting K-12 science teachers, and the affect on student learning in a large lecture class of implementing interactive learning pedagogies by involving these prospective K-12 science teachers.

J. L. Rosenberg would like to acknowledge the NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Fellowship for support for this work. The course transformation project is also supported by grants from the National Science Foundation.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: jlrosenberg@cfa.harvard.edu

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