ERIC Number: ED465518
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Apr-3
A Science Museum's Expedition into the World of Formal Teacher Development: First Three Years of a Five-Year Action Research Study.
Macdonald, Maritza; Sloan, Heather; Miele, Eleanor
This museum study advances knowledge on science teacher learning that takes place outside of the formal institution or college and describes the types of collaboration and resource sharing that are required to do so. A case study documents a "curriculum for teachers" initiative that evolved out of current science education reform. It highlights a series of resources and approaches that extend the college experiences, not replace them. The report provides an introduction to the museum's infrastructure for working with teachers and teacher education institutions and provides a chronology of the activities of the study. It concludes with a discussion of the preliminary findings and a summary of five salient cornerstones of the work: (1) pay attention to reform policies and standards for science teaching; (2) structure museum learning opportunities in the same ways that formal programs do; (3) exercise scholarship through evaluation, revision, and dissemination of initiatives; (4) respect the mission and vision of partner institutions; and (5) maintain clarity in the fact that this program is not just about institutionalization--ultimately it is about facilitating access to knowledge and resources. (Contains 21 references.) (MVL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 1-5, 2002).