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Abstract Title: A Design and Evaluation Study for Teaching Science Safely in South Dakota
Abstract: The National Science Teachers Association guidelines for preparing science teachers emphasize competent science safety knowledge. Best Practice dictates increasing the amount of student-centered hands-on science instruction which also increases the possibility of accident, especially in the classrooms of uninformed or untrained teachers. Phase I of this study sampled the science practice and classroom safety knowledge of a cross-section of K-12 science teachers in South Dakota to ascertain if teachers are aware of and trained in safe science practice. Are the teachers who have been trained in science safety practicing those procedures when they teach science? This study's data show that this may not be the case. Subsequent to this study, an analysis of the results from the safety survey will inform the design of a safety training certificate program for pre- and in-service teachers in South Dakota with the intent that teachers, once informed will practice science more safely.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Cathy Mariotti Ezrailson
University of South Dakota
414 E. Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
Phone: 605-677-5830
Fax: 605-677-5438
and Co-Presenter(s)
Rachel Kludt - Undergraduate Researcher (Rachel.Kludt -at- usd.edu)
Phillip Millard - U-Discover Scholar (Phillip.Millard -at- usd.edu)