calling all science teachers

Are you a biology teacher? Do you know one? Did you know that all biology, chemistry, and physics teachers in the US are now required to teach a fuzzy concept known as "the nature of science" in their courses? Do you also know that almost no universities in the US offer courses on the nature of science for those going into sciences? If you're fortunate enough to belong to teaching colleges at USC or Texas-Austin, you will get a course that at least brings up the topic. But no one teaches teachers how to teach anything beyond course content and presentation. So last year, sensing a niche and a need, the good folks in the HPS department at ND decided to launch a test program for those who are already out in the teaching world. We're covering topics of interest to a wide variety of high school and middle school teachers that discuss, along with actual graduate-level course content, the nature of their particular science and how to apply these concepts in the classroom. Last year, we had one course on the history of astronomy. This year we have two courses: "Women in science," and "the Darwinian revolution." Somehow, I got roped into teaching the latter. So if you know anyone who is a science teacher, wants to be a science teacher, or likes thinking about science and wants graduate credit, direct them to my course blog. And feel free to visit it yourself and even comment. (Don't however make any claims about or links to this particular blog. It might weird people out.)


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