ERIC Number: ED400191
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Dec-28
Teachers, Research, and Reform: Improving Teaching and Learning in High School Science Courses.
One of the challenges issued by the National Science Education Standards is for students to learn the content and process of modern scientific inquiry by engaging in research and entering science competitions. The Rockefeller University Precollege Science Education Outreach Programs (Science Outreach) provide access for about 70 students from diverse schools and for 12 teachers every summer. Researchers provide mentoring in the biomedical and physical sciences and Science Outreach provides modest amounts of funding for a few students, for all teachers, and for their action plans to take their research experience back into their schools to stimulate active learning for their colleagues and students. This paper focuses on preliminary data from standardized tests for students of Outreach teachers as an indicator that Science Outreach is attaining its goal of improving science education at the local level through the professional development of teachers. Preliminary findings indicate that students benefit when their teachers become immersed in the Science Outreach Program. (JRH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, High Schools, Inquiry, Mentors, Outreach Programs, Professional Development, Program Evaluation, Science Instruction, Science Programs, Scientific Research
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Global Summit on Science and Science Education (San Francisco, CA, December 28, 1996).