Piyush Swami, a UC professor of science education, is on a journey to share and explore teacher education on a global level.
|UC Professor Piyush Swami|
UC’s College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services has been dedicated to excellence in teaching for more than a century. The college prepares students to work in diverse communities, provides continual professional development and fosters education leadership at the local, state, national and international levels.
Swami is Executive Director Emeritus of the Science Education Council of Ohio, an organization that he founded that now has more than 3,000 members dedicated to excellence in science education. He has also served as a science consultant for the Ohio Department of Education.
Swami says that U.S. strengths in science education emphasize teaching students inquiry skills, critical thinking and problem-solving. “As a result, U.S. students tend to be more free-thinking and more intuitive in applying science knowledge,” he says. “We work on teaching students skills that will last a long time, so science in U.S. classrooms is taught more creatively, compared with the approach of other countries around the globe.”
Swami says he is also looking forward to learning what his Chinese colleagues have to share about science education and science teacher preparation. “This is an opportunity to build greater understanding between the cultures of the U.S. and China in the field of education.”
The NSTA is the world’s largest professional organization dedicated to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning. Its membership includes approximately 60,000 science teachers, administrators and science industry professionals.
The University of Cincinnati is classified as a Research University (Very High Research Activity) by the Carnegie Commission and is ranked as one of America’s top 25 public research universities by the National Science Foundation. UC and its affiliates topped $443 million in research funding for fiscal year 2010 – an increase of more than $65 million over last year’s total.