A biting post was published on The National Science Teachers Association blog on recently. Professor of Science Education Robert Yager from the University of Iowa posted “Misconceptions about the ‘Doing’ of Science” and criticized science teachers for how slowly they are moving to effective science teaching strategies. In his list of criticisms, he mentioned lack of current science problems and of career preparation in science courses. The Biological Sciences Department and Libraries at the University of North Texas have started to address those two deficiencies using online course guides hosted by the Libraries. The two introductory biology courses for science majors have extensive material on current science problems, either in the form of news articles or videos. The guides also include a section on Careers in the Biological Sciences to introduce student to the variety of careers available. We still have more work to do, but it appears we are the road to really “doing” science.

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