Science Education InSciEd Out: Community Infectious Disease Prevention
Interested in Science education? Come to this talk!
Date: Thursday, October 24th, 2013
Duration: 1 hour
Location: Olin 141
Sponsored by: Biology Department
Contact: Debby Walser-Kuntz, Center for Community and Civic Engagement, x5756Import into your calendar program
Traditional K-12 education curricula have not been effective in teaching science, especially in the United States. Integrated Science Education Outreach (InSciEd Out) is a tripartite partnership between the Mayo Clinic, Winona State University, and Rochester Public Schools working toward reforming science education through teacher-scientist collaborations. Prescription Education is InSciEd Out’s teaching method that establishes science education as a mechanism of disease prevention. This is based on the idea that active student inquiry of relevant health issues will encourage positive health behaviors and improve personal and community health. Last year, teachers from Longfellow Elementary School in Rochester, MN developed a curriculum focused on improving children’s knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors regarding influenza and influenza prevention. Further efforts within Prescription Education have led to the description of healthcare decision-making paradigms in the Rochester, MN Somali population. Additionally, global health initiatives have allowed for administration of previously under-utilized vaccines in a Ghanaian partner school following multiple team visits.