Enhancing Education

College of Education and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado provides excellence in teacher education, counseling, technology and psychology, at the undergraduate and graduate level. School observation and practice teaching are integral components of the professional experience in this degree. This professional experience is offered in partnership with participating schools and will provide you with the opportunity to develop your teaching skills and professional understanding. During their initial years of teaching, most new science teachers use little of what teacher education programs promote.

These strands of scientific proficiency represent learning goals for students as well as providing a broad framework for curriculum design. They address the knowledge and reasoning skills that students must eventually acquire to be considered fully proficient in science. They are also a means to that end: they are practices that students need to participate in and become fluent with in order to develop proficiency. Evidence to date indicates that in the process of achieving proficiency in science, the four strands are intertwined, so that advances in one strand support and advance those in another.

Science centers have exceptional potential, but to measure their long-term impact is complex. The key difficulty is that there will always be an indeterminate time period and physical distance between the science center experience and the context within which it is subsequently assimilated and applied. What is more, we know little about the starting point from which individual visitors acquire their science center experience, given that they are not necessarily members of a school class which has followed a known curriculum.

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.

On behalf of School of Postgraduate Studies, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia (UPI), we warmly invite you to participate in mathematics and science education conference that will be held on May 5th, 2018 in Bandung – Indonesia. Since participants may come from different countries with variety of backgrounds, the conference is an excellent forum for participants to exchange research findings and ideas on mathematics and science education and to build networks for further collaborations.