Scientific Literacy

Bernadette Roche BRoche at
Wed Feb 3 14:04:14 EST 1999

I want to thank David Kramer for his thoughtful comments on teaching scientific literacy at the elementary school level.  Too few of us have any hands on experience with students OR teachers from that level, and we really must adjust our expectations according to their generalist approach to teaching.  We are all so used to being specialists, and working with High School teachers who are also specialists.  One approach to improving science projects and understanding the process of science at the elementary school level is to have experts (us) come into the schools and work directly with the students and teachers.  This approach seems to me to be the most immediate solution and perhaps the most direct solution.  Perhaps workshops to train the specialists how to interact with 5th graders would be more valuable than workshops where the specialists train the generalists how to think like a specialist.

Bernadette Roche
Department of Biology
Loyola College
4501 N. Charles St. 
Baltimore, MD 21210
broche at

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