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ERIC Number: EJ1000803
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0887-2376
Speaking of Science: Invite Speakers from Your Community to Bring the Science Curriculum to Life
Stephens, Karol
Science Scope, v36 n3 p29-32 Nov 2012
Establishing relevant applications for the science curriculum can be a challenge. However, the key that opens science for students is within a teacher's grasp: It is as simple as bringing science connections into his or her classroom through community resources and taking the students to the science that is available. The author encourages teachers to reach out to science professionals in their community to explore how science is used in a variety of careers. She suggests that community experiences should always be given in the context of curricular connections. The experience can occur at any phase of inquiry, depending on the overall design of the larger learning cycle. Furthermore, it is important to prepare students and the community resource regarding the purpose of the experience and work, both to tailor and maximize the learning that occurs. It is best not to think of the learning experience as a single event in the lesson. Prior learning experiences and follow-up are critical for maximum effectiveness. (Contains 1 resource.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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