AzSTEP is dedicated to mobilizing science and engineering resources
in Arizona universities to improve the quality and popularity of science in
Arizona schools. It is headquartered at ASU with affiliates at UA and NAU.
- Cultivation of teacher expertise in science teaching with technology
- Reform of science education in accord with the National Science Education
- Advise and assist school districts in upgrading science and technology education
- University Partners maintain a sustained professional development program
for inservice science teachers. This includes a graduate
program for physics teachers with summer courses on science pedagogy and
contemporary science. For details about the research-based science pedagogy
promoted by AzSTEP, see the Modeling Instruction Program.
- AzSTEP has organized physics teachers into a statewide network of Local
Physics Alliances (LPAs) for mutual support and collaboration in the improvement
of curriculum and instruction. All physics teachers are invited to join. AzSTEP
cultivates the LPAs to serve schools as a professional community of experts
in science teaching with technology.
- School and School District Partners collaborate with AzSTEP on planning,
implementing and evaluating a systematic program to upgrade science teaching
with technology. See Guidelines.
- Business and Industry Partners are encouraged to sponsor a technology-rich
physics classroom for every high school in the state.
AzSTEP coordinates resources of three major partners (first
row in Figure) to maintain a rich offering of professional development Workshops
and graduate courses for inservice teachers (third row) that feed reform into
the classrooms (fourth row). The Modeling Research Group (second row) is the
engine driving curriculum and pedagogical reform.
Evaluation: AzSTEP maintains a data base on physics
teachers, facilities & equipment, and student performance on validated tests
of physics understanding to describe the current state of physics education
in Arizona and evaluate efforts to improve it. See Research
AzSTEP Location and Personnel
AzSTEP is a component of the ASU Center for Research in
Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology
(CRESMET) It is located in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.
For more information about AzSTEP contact:
Jane Jackson, AzSTEP Co-Director
AzSTEP has faculty sponsors in the physics department at each of Arizona's
- ASU: David Hestenes (AzSTEP Director)
- UA: J. D. Garcia and Ingrid Novodvorsky
created by Larry Dukerich
last updated 10/07/02
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