Because Lynchburg College offers a four-year program to attain teacher licensure, current restructuring efforts have been aimed at targeting the professional studies requirements across a program of courses that are efficiently integrated. Math and science methods courses will be combined into a workshop course. A new general studies program has been approved which requires eight hours of lab sciences and three hours of math. A General Science course has been approved which will be geared towards pre-service teachers. The professional core requires an additional eight hours of lab sciences, totaling 16 hours in science, and six hours of math, geared towards the needs of pre-service teachers. While recommended teaching practices are stressed, these may be de-emphasized by the student teaching capstone experience. This is due to the current pressure in public schools to address content-loaded Standards of Learning. From this perspective, standards-based education may prove to be an impediment to reform efforts in science education that stress process skills and the messy, time-consuming nature of learning.
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McKenzie, W. and Messerschmidt, C.
"Curriculum Restructuring at Lynchburg College: Effects of Realignment to State-Mandated Competencies and Implications for K-6 Math and Science Teacher Preparation,"
Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations: Vol. 2
, Article 28.
Available at: https://scholarscompass.vcu.edu/jmsce_vamsc/vol2/iss2/28