Science Teacher’s Research Earns Prize

Congratulations to science teacher Nicole Grimes! Ms. Grimes received an international award from the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) in Sacramento, California on January 16, 2010. The ASTE selected Ms Grimes’ research paper, “Exploring multiple outcomes: Using co-generative dialogues and co-teaching in a middle school science classroom,” for its Award V: Implications of Research for Educational Practice.

Ms. Grimes received an award for a research paper that was written as part of her ongoing doctoral studies at the Graduate Center, the City University of New York (CUNY) where she is a full-time Ph.D. student in the urban education program.

The ASTE Manuscript Award V is awarded to a paper that identifies a persistent and recurring problem in the practice of science teacher education. All manuscripts submitted for this award were judged on identification of a problem, rationale, documentation, synthesis, implications, and quality of writing. In addition to a plaque, Ms. Grimes received a $1,000 cash award from Carolina Biological Supply Company, and her work will be recognized in the awards issue of the Journal of Science Teacher Education.

Her paper will also appear as a chapter in an upcoming Springer textbook entitled “Co-teaching in International Contexts: Research and Practice” (Cultural Studies of Science Education), edited by science educators Dr. Kate Scantlebury (Professor, University of Delaware) and Dr. Anne Collete-Murphy (Professor, Queen’s University, Belfast, UK). The book will be in print this March.
“I am beyond shocked yet thrilled at this honor,” said Ms. Grimes.

The Association for Science Teacher Education is a non-profit professional organization composed of over 800 members from countries across the globe. It is an international association of science teacher educators, scientists, science coordinators and informal science educators who prepare and provide professional development for teachers of science at all grade levels. As a member for the past three years, Ms. Grimes participates in annual ASTE conferences and has presented her work to fellow members for the past two years.
Ms. Grimes looks forward to undertaking her doctoral defense in the very near future.