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ERIC Number: EJ978039
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-0157-244X
The Role of Scientist Mentors on Teachers' Perceptions of the Community of Science during a Summer Research Experience
Hughes, Roxanne; Molyneaux, Kristen; Dixon, Pat
Research in Science Education, v42 n5 p915-941 Oct 2012
This study focuses on the mentor relationships between science teachers and their scientist mentors in a summer Research Experience for Teachers program at a United States national laboratory facility. Using mixed methods, the authors surveyed and interviewed (semi-structured) the eleven participating teachers before and after the program. The authors also observed the teachers with their mentors each week. During these observations, three different types of mentoring relationships were observed. The authors highlight these through case studies of three teachers, each of whom experienced one of the three relationships. These case studies include their pre and post survey and interview data as well as classroom observations following the program. The results show that the mentoring relationship positively influences teachers' views of scientific inquiry. The participating teachers felt a sense of membership in the science community as a result of the mentoring they received from their scientists and/or other members of their research group (i.e. graduate students, post doctorates). The three cases demonstrate that teachers felt a higher sense of ownership when they were "discovering" information that was new to their scientist or "translating" their work. All three types of mentoring relationships improved teachers' understanding of scientific inquiry, which can translate into the classroom.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States