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Process and Nature of Science in Teaching Introductory Biology

Process and Nature of Science in Teaching Introductory Biology

Location: American Institute of Biological Sciences, University of California Museum of Paleontology, National Association of Biology Teachers, and the Introductory Biology Project

Presented by: Judy Scotchmoor

Event took place on Thursday, January 28, 2010
Duration: 90 minutes

This webinar is the first in a series of webinars offered by AIBS, NABT, UCMP, and IBP to support the community of educators teaching introductory biology. Each webinar in the series will offer information about a great teaching resource or pedagogical technique and provide the opportunity to interact with resource providers and your colleagues about successful teaching strategies.

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Webinar Description

Regretfully research indicates that students and teachers at all levels have poor understanding of the nature of science. This is not surprising considering the manner in which the scientific method is traditionally portrayed in our textbooks. This webinar will provide you with an opportunity to learn about an exciting, new, freely accessible web-based resource - Understanding Science - that provides a new approach for representing and teaching about the nature and process of science.

This presentation will include information about a resource you can use in your classroom right away to test techniques and tools to improve student understanding of the process of science.

Following the Understanding Science presentation, participants in the webinar will be given a brief tour of the new Introductory Biology Project Web site discussion forums to learn how they can provide an asynchronous forum for the continuation of discussions from the webinar series, and offer an online community for our collective dialogs.

About the presenters

Judy Scotchmoor


Judy Scotchmoor received her BS in Biological Sciences from UC Berkeley in 1966 and her Secondary Teaching Credential from Hayward State University the following year. After 25 years of teaching math and science to 7th and 8th graders, Judy returned to her alma mater and is now Assistant Director of the UC Museum of Paleontology, in charge of Education and Public Outreach. With her experience in the classroom, it is not unusual that among her many roles at the museum, her primary interest is in the use of paleontology and technology as vehicles for improving science education in the classroom. Judy is currently the Project Coordinator of three NSF-funded programs - Understanding Evolution, Understanding Science, and the Paleontology Portal. She is editor and co-author of three resource books for teachers, "Learning from the Fossil Record", "Evolution: Investigating the Evidence", and "Dinosaurs: the Science behind the Stories. Judy was the recipient of the 2004 Joseph T. Gregory Award for outstanding service to the welfare of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, the 2006 recipient of the Education Award presented by the American Institute of Biological Sciences, and was elected as a AAAS Fellow in 2009 for her leadership in defending the teaching of evolution and quality science education.

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