ERIC Number: ED427942
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Changing What We Do: Constructing a Team-Based, Problem-Centered Professional Development Experience.
Hollweg, Karen S.; Kubota, Carole; Ferrell, Phyllis
Incorporating community-based programs into the curriculum provides rich, real learning experiences. The VINE (Volunteer-led Investigations of Neighborhood Ecology) Follow-Through Project allows third through fifth grade students to work with trained volunteers in guided inquiries on the ecological habitats found in the schoolyard and the community. This book presents a problem-centered professional development experience and describes how teams of formal and nonformal educators and administrators worked together over 14 months to implement the VINE Follow-Through Project. The model is conducted over a two-year cycle which includes two summer institutes. Vignettes from administered projects in Seattle, Louisville, and Broward County, Florida are scattered throughout the guide to supplement and provide concrete examples of the program. A series of appendices list materials needed to conduct a local VINE project. This program is aligned with the National Science Education Standards for professional development. (SJR)
Descriptors: Community Involvement, Curriculum, Elementary Education, Environmental Education, Higher Education, Nonformal Education, Outdoor Education, Professional Development, Teacher Education
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: North American Association for Environmental Education, Troy, OH.