What is the role of science teacher education in times such as these?

A statement from the ASTE Leadership Team

August 15, 2016

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Over the last few months, there have been many troubling events around the globe, with several of these disasters resulting in the loss of lives and loved ones. We know that members of our Association are impacted by these atrocities, directly, indirectly and vicariously. Collectively and individually, we must continue to function in a world that is constantly in flux, dealing with the good and the bad from nature and fellow humans. We are not isolated in our environs as we acknowledge the correlations and causations in daily lives.

As educators of science, we can relate to the idea that objects and organisms are interrelated and interdependent. When it comes to the work we do in our professional lives, the interconnectedness of humanity can be easily overlooked. However, for the teachers, students, administrators, parents, children and other stakeholders with whom we interact, we must think about how we make sense of sometimes senseless events. We can support others in seeing how science can help make sense of these events. But our work must not lose the humaneness in our mission to “advance[s] practice and policy through scholarship, collaboration, and innovation in science teacher education.” We are engaging youth and adults in science, which necessitates an awareness of the person. ASTE will continue to promote science teacher education as a profession that celebrates our global tethers, while working diligently to make the world a better place for all.  As ASTE members, we can promote an understanding and appreciation for our colleagues and collaborators who are facing challenges that may be beyond our individual experiences. Dr. King’s aforementioned quote suggests such an awareness.  We must seek out and take advantage of every opportunity to improve society through science, no matter how difficult or insurmountable the task may seem. Our elders and ancestors expect and deserve nothing less.

2016 ASTE Leadership Team

Board Members

President* Malcolm B. Butler University of Central Florida
President Elect* Gillian Roehrig University of Minnesota
Past President* Lisa Martin­-Hansen California State University, Long Beach
Senior Board Member* Sherri Brown University of Louisville
Senior Board Member* Michael Clough Iowa State University
At large Board Member Gil Naizer Texas A&M University-Commerce
At large Board Member Meredith Park Rogers Indiana University, Bloomington
At large Board Member David Haury The Ohio State University
At large Board Member Debi Hanuscin University of Missouri
Senior Regional Representative* Vanessa Dodo Seriki Loyola University
Regional Representative Jessica Riccio Columbia University
Regional Representative Young-Shin Park Chosun University (Korea)
NSTA Director of Preservice Teacher Education Eric Pyle James Madison University

* indicates membership on the Executive Committee