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Private Universe Project in Science

A video workshop on teaching science for grade K-12 educators; 9 ninety-minute video programs, 1 fifteen-minute facilitator's video, workshop guide, and Web site; graduate credit available

This innovative workshop for teachers explores the reasons why teaching science is so difficult and offers practical advice to help you teach more effectively. Each program focuses on one theme and one content area and uses specific examples to show how students' preconceived ideas can create critical barriers to learning. Education experts also review classroom strategies and results and recommend new ways to involve students and approach difficult topics.

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Produced by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. 1995.

Closed Caption     ISBN: 1-57680-370-8

This series has been discontinued due to rights expiration.

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Individual Program Descriptions
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Individual Program Descriptions

Workshop 1. Astronomy: Eliciting Student Ideas (90 min.)
Introduces constructivism by examining student beliefs on what causes the seasons and their explanations for the phases of the moon. Go to this unit.

Workshop 2. Biology: Why Are Some Ideas So Difficult? (90 min.)
Focuses on the need for conceptual understanding and examines the scope of student ideas by exploring the central idea of photosynthesis, that the substance of plants comes mostly from the air. Go to this unit.

Workshop 3. Physics: Hands-On/Minds-On Learning (90 min.)
Examines overcoming obstacles to conceptual thinking. Is hands-on the same as minds-on? Why are concepts taught again and again, such as electricity and circuits, but still difficult to explain and put to work? Go to this unit.

Workshop 4. Chemistry: A House With No Foundation (90 min.)
If abstract fundamental ideas are not taught because students are considered too young to comprehend them, how will older students have the foundation of facts they need to build on? Go to this unit.

Workshop 5. Vision: Can We Believe Our Own Eyes? (90 min.)
Explores the origins of student ideas to find out whether experience equals learning. Shows how experience can work for or against learning because students can disbelieve concepts that they have "learned." Go to this unit.

Workshop 6. Energy: Where Should We Start? (90 min.)
Examines selecting an appropriate strategy and goal for conceptual learning when a student's experience is not consistent with science. Friction, gravity, and pendulums are used as a basis for discussion. Go to this unit.

Workshop 7. Environmental Science: Taking a Risk (90 min.)
Though educators agree that new approaches to teaching science are compelling, few use them. This program examines the obstacles to change, and explores how educators can create a safe place to innovate.

Workshop 8. Progressive Education: Finding Solutions That Work (90 min.)
Examines the obstacles teachers meet as they consider changes necessary for reform,and lays out common issues any solution should address.

Workshop 9. Constructivism: A Vision for the Future (90 min.)
Ponders what the classroom of the future might look like, and offers steps to approach constructivist learning as well as the obstacles along the way.



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