ERIC Number: ED382577
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
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Teachers as Researchers in a Community Partnership.
Labbe, Nancy; And Others
Project SMART (Science and Mathematics Applied Resources for Teaching) is a cooperative partnership of schools, area industries, and the State University of New York at Oswego. In Project SMART's "Kids at Work" program, students learn that math and science skills are needed to reach their career goals, as students make field excursions to area businesses such as a grocery store, a papermaking plant, and an automobile dealership. Businesses/industries selected are those that perform tasks correlated to curricular science and mathematics concepts. The teacher's role is defined as a researcher and manager of the instructional and learning processes. Project SMART methods and materials have been replicated in four elementary schools in central New York school districts, and a replication outline is offered. Evaluation of Project SMART found that it increased the number of teachers who implement hands-on problem solving activities to demonstrate the relevance of math and science to students' present and future lives, and that the Project SMART community partnership provides the organizational structure that enables teachers to understand and improve their classroom practices through collaborative research. (JDD)
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Elementary Education, Elementary School Curriculum, Elementary School Teachers, Higher Education, Mathematics Education, Partnerships in Education, Problem Solving, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Relevance (Education), School Business Relationship, Science Education, Teacher Researchers
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers: New York; State University of New York Coll at Oswego
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 1994).