Making sure teachers are fully literate in the scientific concepts they teach was the topic of a recent “MTSU On the Record” radio program.
You can listen to their conversation via the Soundcloud link above.
Reid has co-authored research into educators’ comprehension of the “nature of science,” an academic term referring to scientific literacy in connecting scientific concepts to personal and societal issues.
While traditional methodologies test how well people have mastered scientific facts, Reid employs an additional analytical tool to determine whether they are able to assimilate those facts in their minds across various disciplines and situations.
“Can we see growth and development in how they connect different ideas?” Reid said. “Can we see differences in the way they think about these things?”
The exploratory study followed three active K-12 teachers who were master’s degree students and were enrolled in an optional teacher education course on the nature of science.
Science and Education, an academic journal, published the results in February 2021. The article is titled “Making Connections: Using Individual Epistemic Network Analysis to Extend the Value of Nature of Science Assessment.”
To hear previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, visit the searchable “Audio Clips” archives at www.mtsunews.com.
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