TEACHING EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE: A DISTANCE LEARNING COURSE FOR A DISTANCE LEARNING COURSE FOR DADE COUNTY FLORIDA TEACHERS DADE COUNTY FLORIDA TEACHERS
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AbstractThis paper describes a new program of study for inservice teachers in Miami/DadeCounty Florida, for the purpose of developing more teachers interested in teaching middle schoolscience. At the end of this interactive/distance learning program, teachers will have gone from anelementary/early childhood specialty to middle school science certification, helping to meet acritical shortage of teachers in this area. The community of teachers is dominated by females andthe students they teach consist of the most heterogeneous population in the state, with manyminority groups represented. This ongoing course is still evolving and the teachers areresponding very favorably to this approach of combining instruction in pedagogy with scientificmethods and ideas.