Session S45a (Tuesday, 9:30am, Wartik 106)

P412: CalTeach minors unpack science learning for science teaching

John Czworkowski, Sherry Seethaler (University of California – San Diego, USA)

Collaboration of faculties of the Division of Physical Sciences and the Department of Education Studies at UC San Diego has fostered the creation of an innovative teacher preparation program, California Teach, combining content, pedagogy, and early field experiences.  Important academic products of the collaboration are two undergraduate minors, one in math and one in science; the present discussion will focus on the Science Education Minor, which is sponsored in part by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.  Data collected include qualitative measures of students’ views and attitudes and quantitative measures of their knowledge and performance.  Students who have taken courses in the Minor show increased interest in teaching.  In addition, evidence from several channels is mounting that the coursework that combines science content and theories of learning/cognition has produced changes in the ways that students think about science and in their success at science problem-solving and academic achievement.


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