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Survey of CSU science faculty makes Science editors’ lit-pick list

April 1, 2011

Category: A Closer Look

‘Investigation of Science Faculty with Education Specialties’ in CBE—Life Sciences Education

A report on California State University science faculty, in the current issue of CBE—Life Sciences Education, is cited in “Editors’ Choice: Highlights of the Recent Literature,” a list released today by the journal Science.

The article, “Investigation of Science Faculty with Education Specialties (SFES) within the Largest University System in the United States,” analyzes a survey of 59 CSU faculty identified as SFES.

The respondents came from academic departments of biology, chemistry, geoscience and physics (and two from science-education centers). Slightly more than half were male and nearly two-thirds were younger than 50.

Four of the study’s six co-authors are CSU professors; two others used to be:

  • Seth D. Bush, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • Nancy J. Pelaez, Purdue University (formerly at CSU Fullerton)
  • James A. Rudd, California State University, Los Angeles
  • Michael T. Stevens, Utah Valley University (formerly at CSU Stanislaus)
  • Kimberly D. Tanner, San Francisco State University
  • Kathy S. Williams, San Diego State University

The CBE—Life Sciences Education article follows up on a December 2008 report about the SFES survey by the co-authors that appeared in Science.  It examined the role that science professors who specialize in science education play in improving how the sciences are taught. The Science article also suggested that a greater commitment by science faculty to focus on science education could drive education reform at universities and K-12 schools. For more details, see these “Scientists take on science education” reports from San Francisco State and Cal State L.A.


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