ERIC Number: EJ858376
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 4
Science Flies into the Classroom with UK "Researchers in Residence"
Bioscience Education, v13 Article c3 Jun 2009
Contact between practicing researchers and local school students is a recognised means of furthering student opportunities, encouraging a widespread interest in science and allowing development of teaching and communication skills for the participating scientist. The Researchers in Residence (RinR) scheme is a national initiative that promotes long term contact between researchers and small groups of pre-university school students in the UK. Since its inauguration in 1995, over 3,500 researchers have been involved in the scheme. Here, I assess the value of the RinR program from the perspective of a young researcher. Using the field of Drosophila genetics and molecular neurobiology as an example, I describe how personal aspects of a scientist's research can be utilised to promote student interest in authentic scientific research, and report on responses of the school students to the scheme. Based upon my personal experience of the scheme and of other university based school-contact initiatives, I argue that the RinR scheme offers several advantages to both researcher and student alike, as well as fostering lasting contacts between universities and schools that benefit the long term practice and teaching of science.
Descriptors: Scientific Research, Laboratory Schools, Student Interests, Science Interests, Genetics, Communication Skills, Scientists, Researchers, Science Instruction, High School Students, Foreign Countries, Partnerships in Education, Universities
Centre for Bioscience, The Higher Education Academy. Room 9.15 Worsley Building, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK. Tel: +44-113-343-3001; Fax: +44-113-343-5894; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.bioscience.heacademy.ac.uk/journal
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom