EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State University has received a $2.6 million federal research grant intended to help preschool teachers become better science instructors, according to the Detroit Free Press.

The National Science Foundation awarded the funding as part of an effort to increase young children’s science knowledge, the Free Press reported.

MSU will use it for a five-year program called “Head Start on Science,” in which some of the teachers in 72 Head Start classrooms will receive coaching on science instruction to determine if that improves their performance, according to the Free Press.

“Most preschool teachers do not feel competent teaching science,” lead researcher Laurie Van Egeren said, the Free Press reported.

SOURCE:

Detroit Free Press, “MSU gets $2.6M to boost preschool science teaching,” Sept. 28, 2011

FURTHER READING:

Michigan Education Report, “It’s hard, but it’s fun,” July 15, 2008

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