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ERIC Number: ED468917
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Pages: 6
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Educational Endeavors for PreK-12 Instructional Design: NASA Partnership Opportunities.
Crawford, Caroline M.; Chilelli, Chris
The integration of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA's) real-world data and educational environments makes the curricular planning and implementation less focused upon purely theoretical matter and further focused upon the actual day-to-day understanding of difficult conceptual underpinnings of subject matter. This is of primary importance to teacher candidates, who must have such educational endeavors modeled to them as they move through the teacher education curriculum of study and before they are expected to develop curricular scope and sequences on their own. Modeling is of primary importance within coursework, especially methods coursework for teacher candidates, as many instructors teach as they have been taught; the innovations available within today's educational arena must be focused upon in order to break free of the educational ineptitudes of years past and to refocus today's learners upon the importance of understanding theoretical matter within an environment of real-world, data-driven information environments. NASA partnership opportunities offer the real-world environment through which to maintain theoretical grounding of knowledge while reaching towards higher order thinking skills that are necessary within today's world. Teacher candidates must have opportunities to integrate the real-world data and information available through NASA into the instructional design process, so as to design and develop appropriate and successful lessons for their future learners. This paper discusses cross-curricular ventures; provides links to NASA educational World Wide Web sites; outlines interactive learning opportunities; and addresses the issue of meeting national standards. (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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