Narrator: This is Science Today. A three-year, National Science Foundation-funded study of a professional development program for teachers that's co-sponsored by the University of California has found that the program model significantly changed the way teachers teach and students learn. Richard Farnsworth manages the Science Education Program at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, which provides K-14 teacher training in science, math, engineering and technology.
Farnsworth: We've developed our program based upon the input from some master teachers and one of the things they have told us over the years is science teachers need content knowledge. So, our focus is how do we get the laboratory content knowledge out of the research laboratories and into the hands of teachers so they can pass it onto their kids?
Narrator: Farnsworth explains that one of the areas of growth has been how students understand the nature of science.
Farnsworth: So that even if they don't become scientists or engineers or technicians, they'll understand how science works. So, they develop the critical thinking, as well as they've learned some cutting edge content.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.