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Science Teacher Workshop

Convened June 22–25, 1999 | University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

Summary

The Foundation For the Future, in cooperation with The Wright Center for Science Education, Tufts University, presented its first Science Teacher Workshop in June 1999 on the University of Washington campus. The workshop, entitled “Humankind Emerging – From Big Bang to Biotechnology: Comprehending our Evolutionary Heritage and Technological Destiny,” was a three-day program for secondary science educators. Using humans as the focus, the workshop addressed topics related to the teaching of evolution and the nature of scientific knowledge as profiled in the National Academy of Sciences publication Teaching about Evolution and the Nature of Science.

Inspired by the National Science Foundation's Evolution and the Nature of Science Institutes (ENSI), this mini-conference combined innovative lab activities with renowned experts to provide teachers with an up-to-date view of humanity's past, present, and future.

An article [PDF] summarizing the workshop is available for download. No proceedings document was produced from this workshop.

Goals of the workshop

• Increase teacher skill in effectively and accurately teaching about evolution and the nature of science

• Develop a network of colleagues to continue the dialogue of effective teaching practices for the concepts of evolution and the nature of science

• Provide a backdrop for developing a vision of the future of humanity for the coming millennium

Featured Presentations and Speakers

“The Divine Eye: Religious Expression in Human Cultural Evolution”
Dr. Brian Fagan
Dept. of Anthropology
University of California, Santa Barbara

“Human Evolution: Why the Controversy”
Dr. Eugenie Scott
Executive Director
National Center for Science Education

“The Arrow of Time: Cosmic Evolution”
Dr. Eric Chaisson
Director
The Wright Center for Science Education, Tufts University

“Genes, Genomes and Society”
Dr. Leroy Hood
Dept. of Molecular Biotechnology
University of Washington