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ERIC Number: EJ882403
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0009-1383
Entering the Community of Practitioners: A Science Research Workshop Model
Streitwieser, Bernhard; Light, Gregory; Pazos, Pilar
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v42 n3 p17-23 May-Jun 2010
This article describes the Science Research Workshop Program (SRW) and discusses how it provides students a legitimate science experience. SRW, which is funded by the National Science Foundation, is an apprenticeship-style program in which students write proposals requesting resources to research an original question. The program creates a carefully scaffolded environment that engages students in legitimate scientific practice. It works from the premise that "doing science" does not simply consist of knowing relevant scientific concepts and mastering lab skills and procedures but includes a complex understanding of the norms, rules, practices, and concepts in which scientific knowledge and skills are embedded. By giving students legitimate scientific experiences, removing barriers that prevent them from entering the community of practice, and supporting them in undertaking authentic scientific activities, the SRW program is designed to place students a step closer to understanding what it means to work as a scientist. (Contains 1 figure and 18 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Survey of Student Engagement