FROM GRASSROOTS TO NATIONAL – ENGAGING PEOPLE IN SCIENCE AT ALL LEVELS
In response, efforts to re-engage the public in science are now emerging. These range from citizen science projects, to the burgeoning number of science cafes, to national coalitions and celebrations of science. In addition, there is recognition of the need to focus on the process of science in our teaching, emphasizing its iterative nature and the key elements that serve to define science.
The University of California Museum of Paleontology is responding to this need by developing a freely accessible website that will provide an accurate portrayal of the nature of science, as well as tools for teaching associated concepts. This project has at its heart a public re-engagement with science that begins with teacher preparation. To this end, its immediate goals are to (1) improve teacher understanding of the nature of the scientific enterprise and (2) provide resources and strategies that encourage and enable K-16 teachers to incorporate and reinforce the nature of science throughout their science teaching.