The Education Encyclopedia is a resource for professional educators as well as students in an education program. The classic scientific method as taught for many years provides only a very general approximation of the actual working of scientists. The process of theory development and testing is iterative, uses both deductive and inductive logic, and incorporates many tools besides direct experiment. Modeling (both mechanical models and computer simulations) and scenario building (including thought experiments) play an important role in the development of scientific knowledge. The ability to examine one’s own knowledge and conceptual frameworks, to evaluate them in relation to new information or competing alternative frameworks, and to alter them by a deliberate and conscious effort are key scientific practices.
The school education component of the Australian Technology and Science Growth Plan will commission the development of a range of curriculum resources to assist schools with the delivery of Artificial Intelligence (AI) content in the Australian Curriculum. These resources will engage students and support the professional learning of teachers in addition to building the AI capability of both businesses and workers and provide new employment opportunities.
Together with Dr. Jamie Shuda, Steve Farber created a Science Outreach Program, Project BioEYES, that incorporates life science and laboratory education using zebrafish. The outreach program has two main components: educating teachers through hands-on training and tours of our zebrafish facility, and bringing the zebrafish to K-12th grade classrooms for hands-on experiments. The program teaches students about science literacy, genetics, the experimental process, and the cardiovascular system through the use of live zebrafish.
In each case, you might also turn your skills to broader science education contexts such as science communication, museums and publishing. If you already have an MSc in Science or Mathematics, you are eligible for admission to the one-year Educational Master’s programme Leraar voorbereidend hoger onderwijs (in Dutch), which also leads to a teaching certificate.
Figuring out what students have learned becomes more complicated as the educational demands move from rote knowledge to conceptual and practical knowledge. Dania Sheaib had the opportunity to use her longtime love of mathematics to real-world applications through the National Science Foundation’s Mathematical Sciences Graduate Internship Program. She studied the use of mathematical modeling in three-dimensional image microscopy.