Reestablishing the Role of the University Professor in the Laboratory School: Retooling in an Elementary Classroom

  • Kimberly Lott
Part of the ASTE Series in Science Education book series (ASTE, volume 1)


In order to more effectively prepare future science teachers and more adequately provide professional development for existing teachers, Kimberly Lott has always viewed research through a “teacher lens.” This lens was fine-tuned by her previous experiences as a middle and high school science teacher and the commitment to remain active in local schools. When her appointment changed from secondary to elementary science, Dr. Lott realized that her “teacher lens” was out of focus, and she needed experience in elementary classrooms. This chapter describes Kim’s experiences working with the teachers at the Edith Bowen Laboratory School on the campus of Utah State University. Dr. Lott describes how she revised her approach to reflect the original intent of the laboratory school as a place to apply research to practice and how experiences teaching children have focused her vision as a science teacher educator.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Teacher Education and LeadershipUtah State UniversityLoganUSA

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