ERIC Number: EJ1046290
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
Reference Count: 2
Scientists at Work
Trautmann, Nancy M.; MaKinster, James G.
Science Teacher, v81 n7 p39-45 Oct 2014
The introduction to the "Next Generation Science Standards" ("NGSS") calls for students to learn science within the context of practice because "practices alone are activities and content alone is memorization. It is through integration that science begins to make sense and allows students to apply the material" (NGSS Lead States 2013, p. xiv). To enable students to see scientists in action and envision potential careers in science, these authors produced six multimedia vignettes portraying talented, enthusiastic young Cornell University graduate students conducting conservation science research. Their research, involving fieldwork in sites ranging from meadows in New York State to lakes in the Bolivian Andes, addresses scientific questions related to plants, birds, fish, and frogs. Crossing Boundaries, a National Science Foundation-funded project, introduces students to careers in which information and communication technologies are used to analyze, evaluate, and communicate about conservation science. These authors produced the profiles because their previous work with teachers had revealed that many students in the biological sciences are unaware of careers beyond those in health fields.
Descriptors: Scientists, Standards, Science Instruction, Memorization, Vignettes, Multimedia Instruction, Talent, Information Technology, Graduate Students, Conservation (Environment), Science Careers, Profiles, Plants (Botany), Animals, Scientific Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
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