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ERIC Number: EJ913403
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1547-688X
Sharing Our Teachers: The Required Graduate Class at the American Museum of Natural History for Lehman College (CUNY)
Aquino, Adriana E.; Kelly, Angela M.; Bayne, Gillian U.
New Educator, v6 n3-4 p225-246 2010
This reflective study explores the history and outcomes of a teacher education collaboration between the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) and Lehman College of The City University of New York (CUNY), in the Bronx, NY, USA. AMNH developed and teaches a Lehman course, Museum Resources for Teaching Science, for Master's degree candidates in science teaching in secondary schools. The course focuses on teaching and learning using a variety of informal science resources and contexts. In this study, the authors examined the observed practices of instructors, students' assignments and thesis work, and course evaluations. Qualitative and quantitative data collected over nine years highlight the kinds of experiences that teachers had and valued. The authors found evidence that the Museum was a powerful resource for inspiring students through hands-on and self-directed science learning; that through exposure to these practices while still in their teacher education program, teacher learners experienced and expanded their science pedagogical content knowledge by learning about students and how to use appropriate resources in the two distinct contexts of the classroom and museums. (Contains 2 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York