At the annual meeting of the Association for Science Teacher Education Northeast Regional meeting held last month in Black Rock Forest, NY, more than 50 scholars presented their work and discussed challenges and opportunities in K-12 science education. This meeting is an ideal venue for science education faculty members and doctoral students to present their research, collaborate, and meet new colleagues.
With a contingent of 10, the largest of any university, Stony Brook was well represented both at the podium and during the poster session. Second-year doctoral students Joseph Filippone, Luisa McHugh, Catherine Pohlot, Linda Padwa, Caren Gough, and Robyn Tornabene presented the results of their work.
David Bynum, Director of Stony Brook’s Center for Science and Mathematics Education, led a discussion on entrepreneurship in science education and Keith Sheppard, Director of the Doctoral Program in Science Education, spoke about the formation and potential impact of the new doctoral program. “This is an ideal format for our doctoral students to showcase their work,” said Sheppard. “They gain an opportunity to talk about their research, meet other doctoral students, and visit with faculty from other institutions about career possibilities.”
Science Education Lecturer Judith Callaway presented on the teaching of science to special education students and Angela Kelly, Associate Director of the program, shared her research on science and mathematics teacher preparation and induction. “It gives me great pride and satisfaction seeing how far and fast our students have developed,” said Kelly. “When they graduate they will have gained the research skills and science education needed to catalyze the development of the next generation of scientists in this country.”