School of Education Co-Hosts Science Education Conference

On December 7th through December 9th the Boston University School of Education and the Center for Philosophy and History of Science co‐hosted a conference on Science Education, taking place at the Photonics Center at Boston University. The conference focused on the essential question: How Can the History and Philosophy of Science Contribute to Contemporary U.S. Science Teaching?

The conference was funded by the National Science Foundation. The international conference gathered historians of science, philosophers of science, science educators, cognitive scientists, and scientists from across the globe. Attendees discussed the role of the history and philosophy of science in K‐16 curriculum.

On December 7th, the public conference consisted of presentations on the use of the history and philosophy of science in the classroom. On December 8th, the invited conferees convened into working groups in the School of Education, defining a research agenda to inform the education community on how best to test the utility of using the history and philosophy of science for preparation of the nation’s future citizens and scientists.

The organizers of the conference included Professor Peter Garik (PI, SED) and Professor Alisa Bokulich (co‐PI, CAS, Department of Philosophy and Director of the Center for Philosophy and History of Science). Additionally, the School of Education supported the participation of SED faculty (Professor Christine Baron and Professor Garik) and SED graduate students in this conference.

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students at the School of Education benefit from the community feel of a small school along with the resources of a large university. Our students are in the field in both urban and suburban schools as early as their first year at SED.

Graduate Students

Talented graduate students from around the world prepare to become teachers, counselors, administrators, and more in as little as one year at the School of Education. Our students engage in diverse aspects of education both in the classroom and the field.