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New Model for Science Education Leadership Seeks Collaboration Between Scientists and Science Educators

Stephanie Knight, professor of education, co-edited a new book that considers how educators can design, develop, and implement an effective science leadership program.

Stephanie KnightIn a new book titled “The New Science Education Leadership: An IT-Based Learning Ecology Model” Professor of Education Stephanie Knight along with her co-editor, Jane Schielack, an associate dean for assessment and PK–12 education at Texas A&M University, discuss how collaboration among scientists and science educators, authentic research experiences for educators, and adaptation and evaluation of these experiences for students in secondary and postsecondary classrooms can lead to an effective science education leadership program.

The book examines the connections between doing science and using information technology in contrast to teaching and learning science using information technology. It features an in-depth look at an integrated, problem-based science education leadership program and guidance for developing science education leaders who can use information technology to transfer current science research into the classroom. The book also features a focus on the use of information technology, integrated professional development experiences, and a shared research agenda.

Richard Duschl, the Waterbury chair professor of secondary education at Penn State, wrote in the foreword of the book, “[This book is] a model for how to turn complex partnerships among scientists, educational researchers, and practitioners into effective learning ecologies.”

Anthony J, Petrosino, co-founder of UTeach Natural Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin, said, “[This book] provides the best description of the synergy between educational leadership, deep scientific content, complexity science, and the science of learning that I have seen to date.”

The book was published by Teachers College Press in 2012.

--by Kevin Sliman (July 2013)