A new way of teaching science in middle schools around the state will begin in Gainesville. University of Florida education researchers are heading a $5 million effort to update education, and will soon begin testing in high-need schools in 20 districts in Florida. P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School Director Lynda Hayes says revolutionizing how the foundation is laid in middle school could open the door to a range of opportunities.[audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/Hayes2.mp3]
The researchers are hoping to eventually close the science gap between US students and their peers in higher performing nations. Hayes says the only way to improve on this disparity is through significant change, and this is a good step.