ERIC Number: EJ1134603
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Go Ask Alice: Uncovering the Role of a University Partner in an Informal Science Curriculum Support Network
Baker-Doyle, Kira J.
International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, v3 n3 p233-245 2013
This article describes a study from the Linking Instructors Networks of Knowledge in Science Education project, which aims to examine the informal science curriculum support networks of teachers in a school-university curriculum reform partnership. We used social network analysis and qualitative methods to reveal characteristics of the informal science curriculum support network reported by a cohort of 13 teachers in an urban district. Access to materials for instruction was found to be a central factor in shaping networking and instructional practices. Alice, a university partner, emerged as a central figure in the network. She helped to distribute valuable resources and support. We describe how Alice's work with the school community fostered her key role in the teachers' networks. The findings have implications for researchers and practitioners for understanding and implementing science curriculum reform and university partnership programs.
Descriptors: Informal Education, Science Curriculum, Partnerships in Education, Universities, College Role, College School Cooperation, Curriculum Development, Social Networks, Network Analysis, Qualitative Research, Urban Schools, Teachers, Case Studies, Interviews, Teacher Surveys
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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