Monday, January 26, 2009

Petrosino Invited by the National Science Foundation for MSP Conference

Dr. Petrosino was invited to attend the 2009 MSP (Math Science Partnership) Learning Network Conference held on January 26th and 27th at the Renaissance Washington Hotel, 999 Ninth Street NW, Washington, D.C. This year's theme was Teacher Education and the 2009 Learning Network Conference title is Research Findings in Teacher Education: New Approaches --> Transformative Possibilities? The conference lasted 2 days and encompassed the latest findings in mathematics and science education research. The focus was on teacher education both in service and pre-service and included topics such as assessment, measurement, content specific learning, pedagogical content knowledge, the role of disciplinary knowledge in teacher effectiveness, curriculum, and large scale policy issues.

Science progresses in two fundamental and equally valuable ways. The vast majority of scientific understanding advances incrementally, with new projects building upon the results of previous studies or testing long-standing hypotheses and theories. This progress is evolutionary--it extends or shifts prevailing paradigms over time. The vast majority of research conducted in scientific laboratories around the world fuels this form of innovative scientific progress. Less frequently, scientific understanding advances dramatically, through the application of radically different approaches or interpretations that result in the creation of new paradigms or new scientific fields. This progress is revolutionary, for it transforms science by overthrowing entrenched paradigms and generating new ones.

Petrosino's trip was paid for by funds from the National Science Foundation.

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