ERIC Number: EJ1023605
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
Unexpected Outcomes: Impacting Higher Education Teaching Practice via High School Outreach
Kaser, Joyce S.; Dougherty, Michael J.; Bourexis, Patricia S.
Journal of College Science Teaching, v43 n1 p43-47 Sep 2013
Funding agencies and the science education community at large have pursued strategies for increasing K-12 outreach by scientists and for improving instructional practices in higher education classrooms. However, the simultaneous achievement of both goals is generally not a target for single projects or even single programs. A 4-year project directed by the American Society of Human Genetics from 2007 to 2010 and funded by the National Science Foundation established a network of 70 geneticist-teacher partnerships, each of which developed and implemented genetics lessons for high school students over the course of a full year. Partnerships were supported through a variety of mechanisms that emphasized pedagogy, such as inquiry and formative assessment, and content, particularly misconceptions in genetics. The explicit goals of the project focused on helping geneticists and high school science teachers to form productive outreach partnerships and on developing infrastructure that supported geneticists' engagement in meaningful education outreach as a worthwhile professional activity. However, as the results presented here indicate, this K-12 outreach project had the unintended and beneficial consequence of motivating instructional change by faculty in higher education.
Descriptors: Science Course Improvement Projects, Partnerships in Education, Genetics, Secondary School Science, High School Students, Outreach Programs, College School Cooperation, Program Descriptions, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices, Teaching Skills, Misconceptions, Interviews, Cohort Analysis, Participant Satisfaction
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education; High Schools
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