ERIC Number: ED479386
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Apr-23
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Scientific Skill Building: Linking High School, College and Work.
Ryken, Amy E.
This case study focused on a biotechnology education and training program that includes 2 years of science coursework at the high school level, a year of science coursework at the community college level, paid summer laboratory internships for the high school students, and a year-round co-op job for the college students. The study was conducted in an effort to highlight how diverse environments provide students with access to different types of skill development opportunities and to identify how the knowledge and skills gained in the out-of-school environment take on new value and meaning when connected with the school experiences. Data came from the analysis of the files of 61 focal students and interviews with 22 students, 3 high school teachers, 3 community college instructors, and 4 co-op supervisors. Findings show that the diverse environments give students access to a critical set of skill development opportunities through all three components: work, high school, and college. Students link their experiences across four dimensions of scientific practice: scientific tools, teamwork, organizing data, and time management. The skills they garner become resources, and the resources support their progression on a science educational and career pathway. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 21-25, 2003).