Science Teacher Training: The Role of Universities



An increasing number of geoscience departments are recognizing the need to assume a larger role in facets of public education. The role of geoscience departments in the preparation and professional development of K-12 science teachers is particularly critical and meaningful, and it merges with other fundamental missions within universities. The importance of geoscience content for teachers and the general public is evident in the numerous Earth science—related public policy issues gaining ever increasing attention, including global climate change, energy, and water resources. Also, Earth science is not only included in science content education standards, but it is also interesting to students and provides an important gateway to foster interest in science in general.