ERIC Number: ED455107
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Community Connections for Science Education, Volume I: Building Successful Partnerships.
Robertson, William C.
Field trips don't have to be grueling. This practical guide helps teachers work together with science educators in the community to avoid common pitfalls that interfere with the many science-learning opportunities that exist in museums, parks, and science centers. The book offers tips and strategies on selecting community resources for field trips, developing and evaluating educational materials, and even arranging transportation. Its message for teachers, parents, and school board members: don't overlook the many enriching activities available outside the classroom. The first chapter provides an introduction. The second chapter provides informal and formal science education opportunities. Chapter 3 discusses how to make initial contact, how to obtain educational materials, teacher and staff training, and administrative concerns. Chapter 4 lists recommendations for formal educators and informal sites, while Chapter 5 discusses ways of maintaining the relationships. (Contains 18 Web site sources.) (ASK)
Descriptors: Community Cooperation, Elementary Secondary Education, Experiential Learning, Field Trips, Informal Education, Partnerships in Education, Science Education
NSTA Press, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201-3000. Web site: http://www.nsta.org.
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: National Park Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Science Teachers Association, Arlington, VA.
Note: Part of the Parks As Resources for Knowledge in Science (PARKS) project, a partnership of the National Park Service, the National Park Foundation, the National Science Teachers Association, and Ohio State University. Funded with support from Exxon/Mobil.