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The Questionable Legacy of Credit: The History and Future of Science Education Reform in the US
Posted March 05, 2007
How is it that the same country that sent a man to the moon, pioneered the Human Genome Project, and invented the iPod has one of the worst science education systems in the world? At an October 13, 2006, lecture at the New York Academy of Sciences entitled, "The History and Future of Science Education Reform in the USA," Keith Sheppard delivered a history lesson in American science education reform and offered some solutions that, if implemented, just might help us claw our way back to the top by 2061.
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Articles and Reports
Sheppard K, Robbins DM. 2002. Lessons from the Committee of Ten. The Physics Teacher 40: 426-431.
Sheppard K, Robbins DM. 2005. Chemistry, the central science? The history of the high school science sequence. J. Chem. Educ. 82: 561.
Keith Sheppard, EdD
Keith Sheppard is an associate professor and director of science education at Stony Brook University and part of the LIGASE (Long Island Group Advancing Science Education) group. He is interested in student scientific understanding and conceptual change learning. He also studies the role of computers and technology in science teacher education and the history of science education. Sheppard has taught physics and chemistry to the AP level. He has written numerous science teaching kits for Scientific American as well as articles about science education policy and the history of science.
Sheppard graduated with a BSc (Hons) in chemistry with material science from Liverpool University. He received his post graduate certificate of education in chemistry, physics and combined science from Christ's College, Liverpool, and received an EdD in secondary science education from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Laura Buchholz is a science-educated writer and editor who has worked for the Hastings Center, Praxis.md, breastcancer.org, and Rockefeller University Press. In her other persona she writes comedy for the radio shows A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor and The Next Big Thing. She can be seen every Sunday in Saturday Night Rewritten, a live sketch show at Juvie Hall in New York City.