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UHV to take part in national science education research

Sept. 28, 2013 at 4:28 a.m.

Teresa Le Sage-Clements, uhvTeresa Le Sage-Clements, uhv

The University of Houston-Victoria is participating in a national curriculum study aimed at improving science teaching and learning in early childhood through eighth-grade classes.

Teresa Le Sage-Clements, an associate professor of curriculum and instruction in the UHV School of Education and Human Development, is presenting science instructional strategies to UHV students studying to become future teachers.

The strategies were developed by the Biological Science Curriculum Study (BSCS), a national educational center based in Colorado Springs, Colo., that since 1958 has developed science curricular materials, developed and conducted teacher professional development programs and conducted national research and evaluation activities in the science education field.

"We are delighted to be a BSCS partner for research-based science education for preservice and first-year elementary and middle school teachers in the Coastal Bend region," Le Sage-Clements said. "We have a chance to impact science education for hundreds of teachers and thousands of students."

The project is titled "Videocases for Science Teaching Analysis Plus: Efficacy of a Videocase-based, Analysis-of-Practice Teacher Preparation Program" but is commonly referred to by the acronym ViSTA Plus.

BSCS received a $2.69 million grant for the study from the National Science Foundation. UHV is one of the recipients of a sub-award.

The study began this fall and will continue through June 2015.

Instruction has started in Le Sage-Clements' "Science Methods" course and will follow the students through their student teaching and into their first year of teaching.

Amy Barnhill, UHV associate professor of literacy and student teacher field director, will assist with the project.

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