Portrayals of Diverse Perspectives in Recent Children’s Trade Books
School of Education, Leadership, and Public Service
The goal of the Northern Michigan University?s STEP UP proposal is to develop an Earth System Science curriculum, encourage Action Research for teachers, and support an emergent online Masters of Science in Science Teaching program. In Shaping the Future of Undergraduate Earth Science Education, two recommendations were made. The first recommendation was an Earth Science curriculum initiative should be supported by NSF. The courses developed by ESSEA: Engage teachers in revealing their knowledge, understanding, and hypotheses about interactions among the Earth's spheres, deciding what they need to know, planning to develop knowledge collaboratively, developing problem statements, gathering, organizing and interpreting information, and presenting results. In a 16-week course, participants study the atmosphere (air), biosphere (living things), lithosphere (land) and the hydrosphere (water) and the sphere's interactions under different conditions. Teachers participate in this knowledge-building community through an asynchronous threaded discussion space.
Klett, Mitchell, "Portrayals of Diverse Perspectives in Recent Children’s Trade Books" (2007). Faculty Works. Paper 254.
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