The KU Community

History

The University of Kansas Center for Science Education was established in Fall 2000 in response to a recommendation from the Task Force on Science Education appointed by Chancellor Robert Hemenway. The Center is an interdisciplinary collaborative venture intended to improve science education at KU and throughout the state of Kansas, and contribute to scholarship in science education on a national and international level. Center activities involve scientists, science educators and education specialists from many units on the Lawrence campus, including the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of Education, the School of Engineering, the Center for Teaching Excellence, and the Center for Research on Learning.

Objectives

Advocate for recommendations in the KU Science Education Task Force Report (appendices here).

  • Outreach: Extend existing collaborations with community colleges, school districts and efforts in informal science education
  • Reform: Coordinate efforts for science and science education curriculum reform
  • Research: Develop new sources of support for science education research

Center Activities at KU

  • UKanTeach
    Science, engineering and mathematics undergraduates and graduate students—Have you ever considered secondary science teaching?
  • Email Event Notification (Announce)
    Provide your name and email to receive weekly updates of events for the KU Community.
  • Faculty Science Mentors
    The CSE pairs KU science faculty with K-12 schools across the nation using video conferencing technology. Email Steve Case (stcase@ku.edu) to express your interest.
  • Brown Bag Seminars
    Held monthly through the academic year, these events feature a wide variety of science and education.

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