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Transforming your CUREs with SENCER

Author(s): Davida Smyth

Texas A&M San Antonio

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Presentation on Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities given as part of the 2020 BioQUEST & QUBES BIOME Institute: Cultivating Scientific Curiosity.

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Version 1.0 - published on 12 Oct 2020 doi:10.25334/P11N-7X82 - cite this


SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) is the signature initiative of the National Center for Science & Civic Engagement, the project is focused on empowering faculty and improving STEM teaching and learning by making connections to civic issues. The international SENCER community is composed of professionals, informal and formal educators, and administrators in K-12 and higher education institutions. Notably, SENCER has been recognized as a community of transformation.

My presentation will describe examples of ongoing actions that have been catalyzed by SENCER, helping individuals, populations, and communities to improve the educational outcomes for students, professional development for faculty, and support for administrative initiatives particularly in the areas of civic and scientific literacy. SENCER has been leveraged to transform the curriculum, bridging the divide between the disciplines in a variety of institutional contexts. Most notably SENCER has been integrated into CURE courses, helping students tackle issues of civic import to them and their communities, while demonstrating the power and limitations of science. 

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