The CSU East Bay Center for Science Education and Research (CSER) has a specific interdisciplinary-based research and development agenda focusing primarily on transforming K-20 science education. Science must be given the same priority treatment that math and English language arts receives in the way of instructional time and quality professional development and support. The mission of CSER is to advance transformative science teacher preparation, professional development, teaching practices, and learning opportuinites and research.
Major deficits in our education system are cited as a factor hampering U.S. competitiveness. Therefore, growing a quality science and mathematics teaching workforce is vital to the health of our economy. Particular attention must be given to schools serving large numbers of low-income and minority students who may have had less access to science enrichment in school or out-of-school programs. A coherent approach to transformation of science teaching and learning that moves under-represented students through the pre K-20 continuum to science and engineering careers requires transformative practices.