ERIC Number: ED463942
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jul-31
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Best Practices in Marine and Coastal Science Education: Lessons Learned from a National Estuarine Research Reserve.
McDonnell, Janice D.
The Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve (JC NERR) program has successfully capitalized on human fascination with the ocean by using the marine environment to develop interest and capability in science. The Institute of Marine & Coastal Sciences, as the managing agency of the JC NERR, makes its faculty, staff resources, and advanced technology available to educators and their students. With the selection of model science programs and the development of collaborative school projects and Internet connections, IMCS strives to make science education more exciting and relevant to current environmental policy issues. In designing and conducting K-12 educational programs, the reserve immerses the whole school in learning; provides sustainable professional development supported by the science community; utilizes a learner-centered, constructivist paradigm; uses the environment as an integrating context across disciplines and subject matter; uses evaluation to revise and improve the program; involves the community; and uses the Internet to enhance the program. With this approach, educators can replace arduous rote memorization exercises commonly associated with the study of science with first-hand experiences within the scientific and cultural resources of New Jersey. Encouraging scientists and educators to work together to spark interesting and meaningful science learning in the classroom helps students become better prepared not only as potential scientists, but also as informed decision makers and citizens. (Contains 15 references.) (TD)
Descriptors: Community Involvement, Constructivism (Learning), Educational Cooperation, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Estuaries, Experiential Learning, Interdisciplinary Approach, Marine Education, Professional Development, Program Descriptions, Relevance (Education)
For full text: http://www.rbff.org/educational/BPE12.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: New Jersey