Spring 2019 HC 444H/441H: Science Education in Remote Locations

Spring Term, 2018-2019

Professor: Kenneth Doxsee

4.00 credits

  • CRN 32546: Monday & Wednesday, 12:00 - 13:20 @ LIB 322

Graduation Requirement: This class will fulfill both of the following requirements: a Science Colloquium and an American Cultures (AC) Multicultural class. If the student has already taken a Science Colloquium, this class will fulfill an Elective Colloquium and an AC Multicultural class.

Teaching science without experimentation is like trying to teach weight-lifting without actually lifting weights. Unfortunately, financial limitations can limit access to experimental science in even the wealthiest of communities. In less well-off areas, experimentation is likely limited to demonstrations or computer simulations or, even more commonly, simply not performed. In this colloquium, we will carry out the initial stages of planning for the development of experimental science education content, designed for introduction to schools in remote and/or rural locations. This term, our focus will primarily be on rural schools serving Native American populations. Working in teams, students will develop approaches to learning about educational expectations of students, parents, teachers, and government, explore local resources and industries, develop an understanding of indigenous cultures and traditions that represent opportunities of linkages to science content, and consider ways in which to connect the intrinsic science of these local traditions, resources, and industries to these educational expectations. We will also compare and contrast the opportunities presented by this approach to science education to that more typically provided by urban or suburban schools, and we will consider ways in which to extend our work to rural areas serving other populations, both in the US and abroad. Students will have the opportunity to pursue the transition of this foundational work into schools or school systems, either during the term or after its conclusion.