ERIC Number: ED342618
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Scientists and Elementary Teachers: Partners in Science Teaching.
Wier, Elizabeth A.
The Science Alliance, a coalition of industry, business, and educational institutions, developed and sponsored a partnership project to help elementary teachers overcome obstacles to teaching quality science. The intent of the Teacher-Scientist Partnership Project was to bring together the scientific expertise of scientists with the classroom expertise of teachers to help both become more confident and skilled at teaching elementary science. Twenty interested 4th- to 6th-grade teachers in New Castle County (Delaware) received 6 hours of training in the use of SAVI/SELPH, an activity-based module, plus materials and equipment for teaching the unit. Twelve teachers were paired with 11 scientists, making 11 experimental teams; 8 teachers, the control group, taught the unit on their own. Evaluation procedures included journals kept by scientists and teachers during the teaching experience; an evaluation conference attended by the participants; and questionnaires completed by scientists, teachers, and students at the end of the unit. Responses from the participant groups were very positive, and all but one of the partnerships worked very well. Lessons learned for the future were concered with materials and equipment, training, and guidance about how a partnership should work. (KR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (Lake Geneva, WI, April 7-10, 1991).