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HR: 1340h
AN: ED13C-0620
TI: An Inquiry Approach to Fostering Stronger Earth Science Backgrounds in Current and Future Middle and High School Science Teachers: Research Techniques as Mechanisms of Teaching Time Scales and Systems Interactions in the Earth System
AU: * Bryce, J G
EM: julie.bryce@unh.edu
AF: Dept. of Earth Sciences, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824, United States
AU: Finkel, E
EM: finkell@nwrel.org
AF: Northwest Regional Education Laboratory, 101 SW Main St., Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204, United States
AU: Froburg, E
EM: erik.froburg@unh.edu
AF: Joan & James Leitzel Center, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824, United States
AU: Froburg, E
EM: erik.froburg@unh.edu
AF: Institute for the study of Earth, Oceans and Space, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824, United States
AU: Graham, K
EM: karen.graham@unh.edu
AF: Joan & James Leitzel Center, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824, United States
AU: Hale, S
EM: steve.hale@unh.edu
AF: Joan & James Leitzel Center, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824, United States
AU: Johnson, J E
EM: joel.johnson@unh.edu
AF: Dept. of Earth Sciences, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824, United States
AU: Varner, R K
EM: ruth.varner@unh.edu
AF: Institute for the study of Earth, Oceans and Space, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824, United States
AU: Von Damm, K L
EM: kvd@eos.sr.unh.edu
AF: Institute for the study of Earth, Oceans and Space, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824, United States
AU: Von Damm, K L
EM: kvd@eos.sr.unh.edu
AF: Dept. of Earth Sciences, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824, United States
AU: fellows, T
EM: jill.m.mcdermott@gmail.com
AF: Institute for the study of Earth, Oceans and Space, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824, United States
AU: fellows, T
EM: jill.m.mcdermott@gmail.com
AF: Dept. of Earth Sciences, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824, United States
AB: Earth science provides an ideal opportunity to integrate authentic research into middle and high school curricula by providing a context for teaching scientific content, promoting a sense of intrigue through the inquiry process, and sharpening skills needed for future scientific endeavors. The University of New Hampshire's offerings as part of the Transforming Earth System Science Education (TESSE) project provide for the professional development of in-service and pre-service middle and high school science teachers. A centerpiece of the TESSE program is an entry-level accelerated course in Earth Systems Science (Earth System Science for Teachers, ESST-1). Participants in the ESST-1 course include current and prospective teachers wishing to improve their Earth science content background or those interested in updating their traditional content background to include a systems approach. Time scale and system interactions significant in the Earth System are introduced through authentic research conducted during field trips, research experiences and working with long-term datasets. Teachers are trained in keeping a field notebook, making field observations, and drawing conclusions based on this evidence. Combining these techniques with digital photography, teachers document evidence of Earth system processes and their associated timescales, presenting their findings in a peer-group poster session. Teachers also participate in research-based field trips to the local estuary and a wetland research site. During the following school year, the teachers are paired with science graduate fellows to integrate inquiry- based research with existing curricula. These classroom collaborations include measurement techniques, process skills and methods of communicating evidence learned during the summer institute that are then incorporated into the classroom activities. In addition to effecting change at the curriculum-development level, the graduate fellows paired with the first cohort of ESST-1 teachers were also able to work with students individually on mini-research projects.
DE: 0800 EDUCATION
DE: 0805 Elementary and secondary education
DE: 0825 Teaching methods
DE: 0830 Teacher training
DE: 0850 Geoscience education research
SC: Education and Human Resources [ED]
MN: 2008 Fall Meeting