Dennis Showers

SUNY Distinguished Service Professor

Ella Cline Shear School of Education

South Hall 222C
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454


Dr. Showers has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 1986.


Faculty Information


  • Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
  • M.Ed., Clarion State College
  • B.S., The Pennsylvania State University

Research Interests

Public education in science and mathematics, UFO's

Publications and Professional Activities

  • Showers, D.E. (2010). The mathematics of the pseudosciences. In D. Berlin and A. White (Eds.), Global Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities to Advance Science and Mathematics Education III. Columbus, Ohio: Ohio State University Press.
  • Showers, D.E. (2009). Teaching Time. In The Encyclopedia of Time, H. J. Birx (Ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications
Spring 2016 Classes

CURR 316:
Teaching Sci &Math to Children

    This course covers contemporary teaching/learning strategies for mathematics and science instruction in early childhood and elementary classrooms. Instructional techniques integrate hands-on learning
    , manipulatives, the student's environment, functional uses of mathematics and science, and assessment strategies appropriate for all students. The focus will be on the nature of children's science and mathematics learning, the teacher as a facilitator of meaningful learning, and New York State and National Learning Standards for science, mathematics, and technology. Constructivism, the idea that individuals must build knowledge from their own experience and thought, provides an underpinning for insights into the nature of children's learning in the life and physical sciences and in mathematics. Includes field trip component. Prerequisite or Corequisite: MATH 141. Prerequisites: SPED 224 and MATH 140.
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INTD 105:
WS:Wrtg For&About the Sciences

    Writing Seminar is a course focusing on a specific topic while emphasizing writing practice and instruction, potentially taught by any member of the College faculty. Because this is primarily a course
    in writing, reading assignments will be briefer than in traditional topic courses, and students will prove their understanding of the subject matter through writing compositions rather than taking examinations.
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INTD 188:
Exp:UFO's, Science & Society

    INTD 300:
    Topics in Secondry Edu:Science

      This course is intended for the science major (biology, chemistry, physics, geology) who is enrolled in the adolescent certification program. It provides a broad background that addresses the New Yor
      k State Learning Standards in Mathematics, Science and Technology. The major focus of the course will be on the nature of science and technology and their influence on society. Prerequisites: INTD 203, EDUC 204, and SPED 205. Offered every spring
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