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Rice University

Inquiry Science Learning: Perspectives and Practices 1 - Science Leadership

Rice University via Coursera

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A revolution is underway in science classrooms. The demands of the new workplace and the ready access to information afforded by new technologies have radically changed the way we define a scientifically literate society. 

More than ever teachers need professional development that provides them with the resources they need and empowers them to take the action required to build classrooms where the next generation of scientifically literate students will flourish. 

Inquiry Science Learning: Perspectives and Practices consists of four courses, each designed to address a different strand in the development of skills teachers need to meet the demands of their career, including the following.

  1. Science Leadership
  2. Techniques for Success
  3. Science Content
  4. Student-Centered Inquiry

In this first course we will focus on helping teachers expand their influence outside their classroom to promote scientific literacy throughout their school and into the larger community.


Week 1:  Learning Outside the Classroom:

Outdoor Habitats, Science Labs, Field Experiences, Family Science Night, Science Fair

Week 2: Teachers Outside the Classroom:

Presenting at Conferences, Mentoring, Training

Week 3: Connections Outside the Classroom:

Grant Writing, Collaborations/Partnerships/Collaboratives, Professional Associations

Week 4: Policy Outside the Classroom:

Policy that Affects Science Classrooms and How You Can Have an Impact 

Taught by

Lara Arch, Chris Thompson, Lisa Webber and Jarrett Whitaker


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