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Mark Windschitl to Present Waterbury Lecture on April 23

Penn State’s College of Education continues its Waterbury Lecture Series with a speech by Dr. Mark Windschitl, professor of science education at the University of Washington.

When: Apr 23, 2012 from 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM

Where: 112 Walker Building

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By Patrick Beal (February 2012)

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State’s College of Education will continue its Waterbury Lecture Series with a speech by Dr. Mark Windschitl, the frequently published professor of science education at the University of Washington. Windschitl will discuss the best means for instructing the professional educators of tomorrow.

Windschitl_sml_cp.jpgThe lecture, titled “Ambitious Teaching as the ‘New Normal’ in American Science Classrooms,” will occur April 23, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. in 112 Walker Building. Windschitl’s speech is open to the public and will include lightWindschitl_sml_cp.jpg refreshments afterwards at Whiskers in The Nittany Lion Inn.

“Mark is a rising star in science education,” said Richard Duschl, Waterbury Chair Professor. “His research around ambitious practices in teacher education is changing our conversations about what we need to attend to in our preservice science methods classes.”

The lecture will cover Windschitl’s four ambitious practices: selecting big ideas to teach and treat them as models, attending to students’ ideas, choosing activity and framing intellectual work, and pressing students for explanations. “For Mark, these become the pillars for building a broader set of pedagogical practices in science teaching,” said Duschl. “We are fortunate to have Mark with us at the Waterbury Lecture and for meetings with students, area teachers, and faculty."

Windschitl has made more than 50 conference presentations and has been published more than 40 times in a variety of research, education, and technology journals both nationally and internationally. His research examines the growth and development of science teachers during the beginning of their careers.

The University of Washington research group Windschitl works with was recently given funding by the National Science Foundation for a five-year study. The study will develop and examine contrivances to help foster science teachers from novice-level skills to proficient pedagogical theories and practices.

In 1995, Windschitl earned his Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from Iowa State University, having previously garnered a B.S. in zoology and an M.S.Ed. in research and evaluation. He has also received multiple awards for his research, including the American Educational Research Association’s Presidential Award for Best Review of Research (in 2003) and the Outstanding Reviewer Award from the American Educational Research Journal (2006).

The Waterbury Lecture features prominent speakers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. The Waterbury Lecture Series is sponsored by an endowment from Kenneth Waterbury to the Penn State College of Education to create the Kenneth B. Waterbury Chair in Secondary Education. The organization’s research focuses on advancing teacher education programs and on the design of learning environments that seek and promote collaborations among STEM education.