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

P417: Real world chemistry – A model for secondary chemistry teacher professional development

Linda Padwa, Keith Sheppard (Stony Brook University, USA)

Even though most high school teachers of chemistry are well versed in chemistry content, their knowledge about how chemistry is used in the ‘real world’ is sometimes lacking. For the past three years the Center for Science and Mathematics Education (CESAME) at Stony Brook University has been offering five-day in-service summer programs for teachers in New York State to address the need for more connection between the classroom and the world beyond. Through a program funded by the Toyota Foundation, over 150 teachers and pre-service teachers have had experiences with cutting-edge science that they can bring into their classrooms. This presentation highlights the methods used to organize and conduct the program.

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