Valarie Akerson

Professor in Science Education

Valarie's scholarship focuses on early childhood and elementary teachers' conceptions of the nature of science (NOS), as well as their teaching practice. She is undertaking a project entitled, “A Peer-Led-Teaming Approach to Globalizing Rural Science Teacher Preparation in the United States.”  The goals of this initiative are: a) increase science teacher educators’ level of global competence; b) increase science teacher educators’ efficacy toward preparing rural teachers to teach global science education; c) increase the frequency and quality of the use of global science education in rural schools; d) develop a community-of-practice in regard to global science education.

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