Ed Prather, "Obama, Biden, Bush, Cheney, Clinton and Gore Walk Into a Science Classroom: What Should You Teach Them and Why?"

Start Date/Time: Thursday, April 18, 2013, 4:00 PM
Ending Date/Time: Thursday, April 18, 2013, 5:00 PM
Location: PAA 102

Astronomy Colloquium

Speaker: Ed Prather, University of Arizona
Title: "Obama, Biden, Bush, Cheney, Clinton, and Gore Walk Into a Science Classroon: What Should You Teach Them and Why?"

Abstract:
Hey science faculty, are you making our society better? How would you know if you are? A large fraction of your students will never become science instructors or work in STEM fields. Yet, nearly all of them will become (or are) parents, taxpayers, and voters. You have 12-16 weeks per semester, and 3 hours per week, to make a difference in their worldviews. So, what should you do with them, and are you doing it now? Is your class preparing and encouraging our citizenry to engage in conversations about the importance of science in society? Is your time with your students transforming the knowledge, skills and beliefs of the future leaders and decision makers of our society to become the ambassadors of science we need for the US to stay prosperous and competitive in the world? A discussion of research on how we can teach to positively alter the worldviews of our citizenry regarding the role of science in society will be presented.