What Constitutes Exemplary College Science Teaching?

Exemplary College Science TeachingThe monograph Exemplary Science series’ latest volume, Exemplary College Science Teaching, edited by Robert Yager, is dedicated to the community of college and university teaching scholars who are working to enhance science education through the development and testing of best classroom practices.

“For too long there have been few who have thought beyond lectures and two-hour labs as the sole organization for college science,” says Yager, “and usually within the boundaries of the major ‘disciplines.’” The chapters focus on nonlectures, use of local environments, case studies, study groups, jigsawing, and continuing to analyze and use technology.

The Society for College Science Teachers (SCST) and NSTA collaborate on projects like this to serve college instructors. SCST President Brian Shmaefsky encourages readers of the monograph to think about the following questions:

  • What type of instructional model are you using in your classroom?
  • Is it contributing to student success in discipline area and does it inculcate lifelong skills?
  • How do you learn about new trends in science education and do they really improve college science teaching?
  • What is your role to society as a science educator?
  • Is your instructional strategy promoting workforce skills in the sciences?
  • Is your department and is your administration supportive of excellence in teaching?
  • Does your college or university encourage the explorations of novel teaching strategies?

“It is important to envision catalysts for thinking about curriculum design for all K-16 science offerings,” Yager proposes. “Real learning is a result of continuous discussion and reflection. This is how the process of curriculum design should also begin….We expect this monograph to encourage STEM reforms while also stimulating more to try!”

Other monographs in this series include:

Read a sample chapter from this latest monograph.

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