BELLINGHAM, Wash. - The National Science Foundation has given Western Washington University $2.9 million to study the university's innovative program for training elementary science teachers.
The study will follow future kindergarten through sixth grade science teachers as they complete their education at Western and other universities. The researchers also will track a group during their first few years in the classroom to study their instruction and their students' understanding of science.
The study will be a joint effort of Western's College of Sciences and Technology and Woodring College of Education.
George Nelson is director of the Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Program at Western. He hopes this research will help improve teacher preparation across the nation.