Partnerships between scientists and educators have been occurring as mechanisms for science education reform over the last two decades. The work they have done together includes: scientists providing science content as part of professional development for teachers and development of curriculum; and graduate students teaching lessons in K-12 classrooms. In most of these instances, the scientists provide their science expertise, which the educators use to ensure the scientific accuracy and credibility of their activities.
For this project, informal science education institutions (ISEIs) are explored as venues for scientists to communicate with the public and engage in a different model of partnership. In this instance, ocean scientists and educators develop new understanding and practice, as they co-teach a college course.
Presented by: Catherine Halversen 2010 Ocean Sciences Meeting, Portland, OR