Education Professor Travels to China with National Association

Walter Smith will bring home information on effective teaching practices.

Professional development for science educators and implementation of science curriculum are some examples of discussions Walter Smith will be having with educators in China.

Professional development for science educators and implementation of science curriculum are some examples of discussions Walter Smith will be having with educators in China.

A Texas Tech professor of education will be attending the 2010 Sino-U.S. Science Education Forum, taking place Nov. 15-18 in Shanghai, China.

Walter Smith, Helen DeVitt Jones Professor of Education, will travel with a group of prominent science educators from around the nation for the week-long forum co-hosted by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the China Association of Children's Science Instructors. Educators from both countries will meet to share information on science education trends in the United States and China, and will discuss professional development for science educators, the design and implementation of science curriculum and lessons, educator training, informal science education and science education resources.

"With this forum I hope to learn more about the education system and the students in China and about their effective teaching practices in science, then bring that information home and share it with colleagues," Smith said. "It is important to know and understand more about different world cultures, and to understand how other countries teach scientific issues and concepts."

Learning more about the science education provided in other countries is important to today's teachers and to the National Science Teachers Association said Francis Eberle, Executive Director of the NSTA.

"We are living in a 'global society' and teachers need to think about themselves, about their students, and about teaching and learning in a global context. These international collaborations can only help to improve the quality of science teaching and learning in our country,"Eberle said.

The Arlington, Va.-based NSTA is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current membership includes approximately 60,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in science education.

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