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Chilean teachers visit UNI to learn about science education<br>

October 16, 2002

C. David Christensen, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, (319) 273-2760
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing and Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS -- A group of 21 elementary and middle-school science teachers from Chile will spend five weeks at the University of Northern Iowa as part of a major education reform effort in that country.

The teachers will be on campus Monday, Oct. 21, through Friday, Nov. 22. During their stay, they will learn about teaching strategies that support active learning in science, as well as physical science lessons and life science lessons that use the same approach. They will observe these strategies being used in classrooms at UNI's Malcolm Price Laboratory School.

C. David Christensen, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, is the program co-director. He said the teachers also will learn methods of teaching science that help the learner build meaning through 'hands-on and minds-on experiences.' UNI instructors for the program are Larry Escalada, assistant professor of physics; Tim Cooney, professor of earth science; Cherin Lee, associate professor of biology, Jody Stone, associate professor of teaching; Leigh Zeitz, associate professor of educational technology; Greg Stefanich, professor of science education; Linda McCartney, adjunct instructor of curriculum and instruction, Carmen Montecinos, co-director and professor of educational psychology; and Christensen.

This is the fifth year UNI has participated in the program, which is funded through a contract with the Chilean Ministry of Education.