By Valerie L. Williams
Scientists are a wealthy source in our society that could be important in strengthening technological know-how and arithmetic schooling in faculties around the state. The nationwide technological know-how beginning (NSF) requested RAND to check the variety of NSF courses that attach technology graduate and undergraduate scholars to K-12 study rooms. This e-book identifies the affects, demanding situations, and methods of those courses in the broader factor of making university-school partnerships as a method for technology schooling reform.
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So, we had to go on faith or on what we heard, but we didn’t really have that information that we wished we now had. Challenges Faced by K–12 Schools and Communities An important piece of this discussion on impacts is an understanding of the challenges outreach programs faced in their efforts to improve science learning. In the absence of understanding the challenges, it is difficult to put the impacts listed in the previous sections in perspective. We asked program participants to comment on the challenges they experienced participating in outreach programs.
Development of Instructional Materials This program developed instructional materials that can be incorporated into science curriculums for grades 5–12. Undergraduates, assisted by local high school students, assume the main responsibility for building and maintaining different instructional materials. Undergraduates also support teachers and improve their teaching skills during the academic year by introducing these materials into local science classes. Because undergraduates generally have more time than graduate students, they represent the major workforce in this program.
The following categories group the outreach programs in our study according to method of intervention: direct classroom enhancement, teacher preparation, teacher researcher, remote classroom enhancement, and development of instructional materials. We use these categories throughout this report when referring to comments from program participants. 1 summarizes some of the characteristics of the eight outreach programs. A more detailed explanation of each program is given in Appendix B. Description of the Different Program Approaches Direct Classroom Enhancement Programs This category describes a set of programs in which science graduate and/or undergraduate students work in classrooms with K–12 teachers to support them in science and math instruction.