Links to Useful Science Education Sites
I am intersted in general techniques in inquiry-based science education, and these are few sites I have found quite useful.
Faculty Institutes for Reforming Science Teaching (FIRST IV)
Program providing formal instruction in inquiry-based techniques in biology to postdoctoral scholars and evaluating short and long term outcomes. Also provides several links to useful resources.
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
Instruction on case-based teaching, as well as an extensive repository of case study exercises. My personal favorite: As the Worm Turns, a case study of sympatric speciation in Rhagoletis pomonella. Daniel Hahn, Jeff Feder, and I have developed a similar exercise (with accompanying video still in develpment) that we have implemented as a two-day program for high school teachers in science education programs at UF. Eventually we will make this available as a web-based resource.
- Ecology Education Network (Ecoed.net).
Resources for teaching ecology from the Ecological Society of America
- UF Center for Pre-Collegiate Education and Training (CPET)
Science education programs for elementary students, high school students, and high school teachers at the University of Florida
Links to information on evolution education
I am particularly interested in this topic, as it is my livelihood. These links relate both to information and techniques in teaching evolution and to the current state of affairs in the popular press and political arena.
- National Center for Science Education (NCSE)
This is the premier organization defending the teaching of evolution in public schools
- Talk Origins
Usenet group with an extensive online archive of evidence for and explanations of evolutionary mechanisms.
- Understanding Evolution
UC Berkeley site providing nicely laid out online tutorials for teaching evolution