This project will implement and study a professional community designed to alleviate the mismatch between the expectations of student teachers in mathematics and science and their mentor in-service teachers. The project is creating a neutral forum for the exchange of perspectives on issues of pedagogy with the expectation that student teachers would implement inquiry-based science and problem-solving mathematics pedagogies with the knowledgeable support of their mentor teachers.
Professor and Department Head
About Me (Bio):
Bruce Johnson is a Professor of science education and Head of the Department of Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies at the University of Arizona, where he also serves as Director of the Earth Education Research and Evaluation Team. Dr. Johnson received his PhD in Educational Psychology with a minor in Science Education from the University of New Mexico in 1998. He was previously an elementary and middle school science teacher. As International Program Coordinator for The Institute for Earth Education, he works on curriculum projects with educators around the world. His current research includes a focus on the development of children’s ecological understandings, perceptions and actions and the development and validation of classroom learning environment perception instruments. Dr. Johnson teaches undergraduate elementary science methods and graduate courses in science education and environmental learning.