Science Literacy Program Newsletter

Fall 2015 – Week 1

Journal Club

 The Science Literacy Teaching Journal Club invites you to participate in our sixth year of weekly gatherings! The journal club is a cooperative effort of the Teaching Effectiveness Program and the Science Literacy Program. Meetings feature lively, structured discussions across discipline and rank with occasional small-scale teaching experiments. Participants from all disciplines are invited to join the whole series or stop by for a specific conversation.

This year we will focus on approaches for improving specific aspects of students’ science literacy. The topics we will discuss, such as development of critical thinking, assessing reliability of sources, etc., are useful for all students, so please join us!

Starting week 1 we will discuss how to support students in approaching societal issues from a skeptical and critically reasoned perspective. Please read:

Rowe, M. P., Gillespie, B. M., Harris, K. R., Koether, S. D., Shannon, L. J. Y., & Rose, L. A. (2015). Redesigning a General Education Science Course to Promote Critical Thinking. CBE-Life Sciences Education, 14(3).

For your convenience, we offer two weekly meetings for you to choose from:

Thursdays at 9:00 am
Fridays at 12:00 pm (feel free to bring your lunch!)

All sessions will be held in 317 LISB (Lewis Integrated Sciences Building).

For more information about the Science Literacy Program or Journal club visit the following links below

On the Science Literacy Program Facebook Page:
( If you use social media, feel free to like us and continue the conversation online.

On the Journal Club portion of the Science Literacy Program’s website: (

We look forward to seeing you there!

Julie Mueller and Elly Vandegrift

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