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Phil Scott presents Waterbury Lecture in USA

22 October 2009 |

During one of his regular visits to the USA as Board Member of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), Professor Phil Scott was invited to present a keynote lecture as part of the series of Waterbury Lecture Series at the College of Education at Penn State University, USA.

The lecture entitled “Teaching Science Concepts: A Neglected Art?” covered new developments related to the teaching of science, including inquiry/investigation-based approaches, argumentation in science education and the way science works. “My concern is that new approaches tend to take away from the fundamental job of teaching and learning scientific conceptual knowledge,” he says. “A worrying trend that I detect sees new approaches being set up in opposition to each other in an unhealthy dichotomy.”

In his presentation, Phil explored "some of these ideas, emphasizing the importance of teaching science concepts in an engaging way and making the case for moving away from harmful dichotomies in talking and thinking about teaching.”

The Waterbury Lecture features prominent speakers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and is sponsored by an endowment from Kenneth Waterbury to the Penn State College of Education.  Like Leeds, Penn State University is a member of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN).

The lecture was streamed live on the web to NARST members worldwide and has attracted a positive and interested response.

Congratulations to Phil for continuing to fly the flag for science education at Leeds/UK in the USA.

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