Barbara Nagle, Ph.D - Director
John Howarth, Co-Director
SEPUP designs issue-oriented curricula for secondary science classrooms. The curriculum materials present standards-based science content in the context of personal and societal issues. These issues range from personal medical issues, such as whether to be tested for a genetic disease, to societal issues such as the sustainable use of resources.
SEPUP curricula are based on a guided-inquiry approach and promote the use of scientific principles, processes, and evidence in public decision making. SEPUP programs are extensively tested in local and national centers to ensure they are effective with diverse groups of students in a variety of settings.
The SEPUP approach also enhances the role of teachers as facilitators of student learning and as educational leaders within their communities by having them share in the development, implementation, and assessment of issue-oriented science materials and programs.