[CASCI Talk] “Reinventing Science Education through Virtual Worlds: Implications for Teacher Education”

Nov. 11
11 am – 12 pm
2116 Hornbake Bldg, South Wing

Speaker:
Diane Jass Ketelhut, Associate Professor, College of Education, University of Maryland College Park

Abstract:
The 21st century brings a change in what we value as expertise, but is the USA educational system responding to these new needs? Focusing on science education as an example, I argue that the answer is no. The skills and habits of mind of today’s scientists are not being developed or experienced in science classrooms, particularly around aspects of scientific inquiry. In this presentation, I discuss how science and science education have diverged, and propose the use of emerging technologies such as serious computer games to model and provide more authentic science learning experiences for children, using examples from my own research. I conclude with discussing the implications of this new approach to teaching science for teacher education and higher ed.