The ongoing movement to reform the teaching and learning of mathematics and science began as an effort targeting grades K-12. This movement, however, also has signiﬁcant implications for institutions of higher education, especially in the area of teacher preparation. Northeast Louisiana University has utilized an extensive system of support, including vital National Science Foundation funding, to redesign its science curriculum for elementary education majors. Four courses featuring the content areas of biology, chemistry, geosciences, and physics and integrated with respect to content and methodology were collaboratively developed by education and science faculty. and were approved as requirements for all preservice majors. Preliminary evaluation results with respect to students’ content knowledge and attitude are favorable. Ongoing efforts include the development of activities designed to further integrate the courses with respect to content and the execution of focused evaluative studies to reﬂect the degree of implementation of the reform practices that have been modeled by the university faculty.
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Adams, R. and Stringer, G. L.
"Reform of Preservice Science Education: An Example from a State-Supported University,"
Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations: Vol. 2:
1, Article 7.
Available at: https://scholarscompass.vcu.edu/jmsce_vamsc/vol2/iss1/7
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