Micro Pedagogies: Implementing a Micro-spiral Science Curriculum for Pre-service Teachers and Middle School Children Science Summer Camp

By Edith G. Davis.

Published by The International Journal of Science in Society

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Science curricula in U.S. middle schools have been considered one of the weaker links to the advancement of a scientifically literate society. Science education and scientific literacy are essential to the success of the nation. A scientifically literate nation can help assure a free and democratic society, an economically viable society, and a healthy society. The science summer camp used a micro-spiral science curriculum. The pretest scores averaged at 50%, while the post test scores averaged at 80%. The summer camp students had a 30% increase in science achievement. The summer camp also worked with pre-service teachers to increase their student’s science content knowledge as well. The science summer camp in the previous years also used the micro-spiral science curriculum and had an increase in science achievement in the student population. The micro-spiral science summer curriculum has increased science achievement in summer school students in 2004 to 2012. The micro-spiral science summer curriculum demonstrates a positive trend towards increasing science achievement in students as well as in pre-service teachers. A national roundtable of science educators convened in February of 2013 at the Association of Teacher Educators to discuss these findings.

Keywords: Spiral Science Curriculum, Micro-pedagogies, Implementing a Micro-spiral, Science Curriculum for Middle School Children

The International Journal of Science in Society, Volume 5, Issue 2, June 2014, pp.9-27. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: June 20, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 658.880KB)).

Dr. Edith G. Davis

Assistant Professor, ATE Science Education SIG Chairperson, College of Education, Science Education, Secondary and Foundations, Florida A & M University, Tallahassee, Florida, USA

The researcher’s academic background consists of a Bachelor’s of Science degree, with a major in geology and minor in mathematics along with several courses in physics, chemistry, biology, and marine science from the University of Miami; and a Master’s of Science degree in geophysics from Stanford University. Upon graduating from Stanford University, Dr. Davis became the first African American female Geophysicist in the United States of America. Dr. Davis also has a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Texas. The researcher received her doctorate in Education Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Science Education and Research at Baylor University. The researcher was the educational liaison for the Baylor University CASPER Project, as well as a member of CASPER’s outreach program. The researcher was a graduate research assistant for the Baylor summer math program. The researcher developed and implemented science curriculum for Upward Bound programs at the University of Miami and Pennsylvania State University’s Science program for girls. The researcher utilized her various academic and professional experiences in the development of the research design.