HR: 09:00h
AN: ED21B-05    [Abstracts]
TI: Across the Arctic Teachers Experience Field Research
AU: Warnick, W K
EM: warnick@arcus.org
AF: Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S., 3535 College Road, Suite 101, Fairbanks, AK 99709 United States
AU: * Warburton, J
EM: warburton@arcus.org
AF: Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S., 3535 College Road, Suite 101, Fairbanks, AK 99709 United States
AU: Wiggins, H V
EM: helen@arcus.org
AF: Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S., 3535 College Road, Suite 101, Fairbanks, AK 99709 United States
AU: Marshall, S A
EM: stemarshall@spsk12.net
AF: King's Fork High School, 351 King's Fork Road, Suffolk, VA 23434 United States
AU: Darby, D A
EM: ddarby@odu.edu
AF: Dept. of Ocean, Earth, and Atmospheric, Old Dominion Univ., 4600 Elkhorn Ave., Norfolk, VA 23529 United States
AB: From studying snow geese on the North Slope of Alaska to sediment coring aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy in the Arctic Ocean, K-12 teachers embark on scientific expeditions as part of a program that strives to make science in the Arctic a "virtual" reality. In the past two years, seventeen K-12 teachers have participated in Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating (TREC), a program that pairs teachers with researchers to improve science education through arctic field experiences. TREC builds on the scientific and cultural opportunities of the Arctic, linking research and education through topics that naturally engage students and the wider public. TREC includes expeditions as diverse as studying plants at Toolik Field Station, a research facility located 150 miles above the Arctic Circle; climate change studies in Norway's Svalbard archipelago; studying rivers in Siberia; or a trans-arctic expedition aboard the USCGC Healy collecting an integrated geophysical data set. Funded by the National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs, TREC offers educators experiences in scientific inquiry while encouraging the public and students to become active participants in the scientific inquiry by engaging them virtually in arctic research. TREC uses online outreach elements to convey the research experience to a broad audience. While in remote field locations, teachers and researchers interact with students and the public through online seminars and live calls from the field, online journals with accompanying photos, and online bulletin boards. Since the program's inception in 2004, numerous visitors have posted questions or interacted with teachers, researchers, and students through the TREC website (http://www.arcus.org/trec). TREC teachers are required to transfer their experience of research and current science into their classroom through the development of relevant activities and resources. Teachers and researchers are encouraged to participate in the Connecting Arctic/Antarctic Researcher and Educators (CARE) Network. CARE, established to help foster ongoing discussions about science content and educational approaches, uses a combination of conference calls and online interactive software for document sharing and discussion. Teacher and researchers pairs are also encouraged to continue developing their collaborative partnership on an individual basis. This presentation will provide an overview of TREC with co-presentations by a TREC teacher and researcher. The presentation highlights the effectiveness and value of pairing virtual learning with real-time research experiences.
UR: http://www.arcus.org/trec
DE: 0805 Elementary and secondary education
DE: 0815 Informal education
DE: 0830 Teacher training
DE: 0850 Geoscience education research
DE: 9315 Arctic region (0718, 4207)
SC: Education and Human Resources [ED]
MN: Fall Meeting 2005