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Tools for Successful Student-Teacher-Scientist Partnerships

Sherri J. Wormstead, Mimi Larsen Becker and Russell G. Congalton
Journal of Science Education and Technology
Vol. 11, No. 3 (Sep., 2002), pp. 277-287
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40186550
Page Count: 11
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Tools for Successful Student-Teacher-Scientist Partnerships
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Abstract

Student-teacher-scientist partnership (STSP) programs are cooperative relationships in which students, with the support of their teachers, participate in and contribute to the research of scientists. This paper examines one of the world's largest STSPs--an international environmental science education program called GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment)--and proposes recommendations to scientists about how they can get the most out of their research and teaching relationship with students and their teachers. GLOBE is an international K-12 STSP that engages students in Earth's Systems investigations. Extensive training is needed for students to collect and report accurate data to scientists, and special preparatory curricula are needed to make their partnership effective and motivating. Recognizing these issues, this research was conducted specifically to identify and recommend a set of training material design criteria for implementation of STSPs in the elementary and middle school levels. The conclusions--the result of background research, extensive interviews and consultation with teachers--provide guidance to GLOBE and other STSP programs to enhance the development of effective and engaging training materials.

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