COSEE Central Gulf of Mexico engages scientists in summer institutes in two ways: (1) During a week-long face-to-face experience and (2) During a three-week long on-line experience. In the face-to-face experience, scientists and teachers are teamed together to develop lessons/materials the teachers can take back to their classrooms. During the on-line experience the scientists prepare a presentation using a variety of interactive electronic formats and also engage with the teachers through a discussion board. While the teachers prepare lesson plans/material based on the content presented by the scientists, they have the opportunity to ask questions of the scientists.
This study builds on previous evaluation efforts conducted by the center by:
- Examining which presentations were perceived effective and valuable by the teachers and how the scientists that conducted them viewed the experience
- Examining the perceived impact on the scientist's research, teaching and/or service because of the participation in COSEE Central Gulf of Mexico programs
- Determining what the scientist's veiws are on the benefits or drawbacks to engaging educators
Presented by: Brian M. McCann, Ph.D. and Susan C. Ross, Ph.D.
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2010 Ocean Sciences Meeting, Portland, OR