AN: ED21B-05 INVITED
TI: A Teacher Research Experience: Promoting Science Literacy
AU: * McMinn, L
AF: Scofield Magnet Middle School, 641 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT 06903, United States
As an ARMADA master teacher, I was able to take part in STEEP, a study of the evolution of the Saint Elias
Mountains. This enabled me to experience current geological fieldwork, and gave me the opportunity to step out
of the classroom. As a middle school science teacher, one of my major responsibilities is to instill a love of
scince in my students. I need to introduce them to the many career opportunities that are available in the field. To
be more effective in the classroom, I am deeply committed to mastering the skills, techniques and content
needed to ensure success for my students in this ever-changing world.
Rich, authentic opportunities to work along with scientists in the field and to engage in scientific discourse can
expand a teacher's knowledge of science and the scientific process. Teachers become more familiar with the
use of scientific tools and how to gather and interpret data. This knowledge will be transferred into the classroom,
which will enable students to become more scientifically literate. Because of this experience, I will more
effectively mentor other teachers in my district to enhance the instruction in their classes.
This presentation will show how research/teacher partnerships can benefit both parties, and how my experience
transferred back to the classroom and to my school district.
DE: 0805 Elementary and secondary education
DE: 0830 Teacher training
SC: Education and Human Resources [ED]
MN: 2007 Fall Meeting