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HR: 11:50h
AN: ED22A-07
TI: Teachers as Researchers: Using Estuarine Processes to Learn and Teach Earth System Interactions
AU: * Johnson, J
EM: joel.johnson@unh.edu
AF: Dept. of Earth Sciences, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824,
AU: Varner, R K
EM: ruth.varner@unh.edu
AF: Joan and James Leitzel Center for Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Education, UNH, Durham, NH 03824,
AU: Varner, R K
EM: ruth.varner@unh.edu
AF: Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space, UNH, Durham, NH 03824,
AU: Varner, R K
EM: ruth.varner@unh.edu
AF: Dept. of Earth Sciences, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824,
AU: Bryce, J
EM: julie.bryce@unh.edu
AF: Dept. of Earth Sciences, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824,
AU: Finkel, L
EM: finkell@nwrel.org
AF: Northwest Regional Educational Laboratoy, 101 SW Main St., Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204,
AU: Froburg, E
EM: erik.froburg@unh.edu
AF: Joan and James Leitzel Center for Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Education, UNH, Durham, NH 03824,
AU: Froburg, E
EM: erik.froburg@unh.edu
AF: Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space, UNH, Durham, NH 03824,
AU: Graham, K
EM: karen.graham@unh.edu
AF: Joan and James Leitzel Center for Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Education, UNH, Durham, NH 03824,
AU: Hale, S R
EM: stephen.hale@unh.edu
AF: Joan and James Leitzel Center for Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Education, UNH, Durham, NH 03824,
AU: Von Damm, K
EM: karen.vondamm@unh.edu
AF: Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space, UNH, Durham, NH 03824,
AU: Von Damm, K
EM: karen.vondamm@unh.edu
AF: Dept. of Earth Sciences, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824,
AU: Scientific Crew, T
EM: tesse.esst2@gmail.com
AF: Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space, UNH, Durham, NH 03824,
AU: Scientific Crew, T
EM: tesse.esst2@gmail.com
AF: Dept. of Earth Sciences, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824,
AB: One component of the University of New Hampshire's Transforming Earth System Science Education (TESSE) project provides a research immersion experience (RIE) for middle and high school science teachers. The chief goal of this component of the program is to provide teachers with authentic research experiences that will sharpen their research skills by providing guidance in designing projects and in the gathering and interpreting of data. This intensive research experience provides a springboard for approaching authentic research in the classroom. A subset of the teachers participating in the TESSE project, many of them second-year participants, enrolled in a course providing Research Techniques in the Earth System Sciences for Teachers (ESST-2). Estuaries provide an ideal teaching laboratory for emphasizing interactions between the components of the Earth system. Accordingly, the course was centered around an estuary cruise in which teacher participants took air and water samples, measured parameters in the water column, and took several sediment cores. Onshore, the teacher teams carried out follow-up work, including gas analyses in air samples, gas and trace metal content analyses in collected water samples, grain size and related sedimentalogical analyses of the core samples, and extractable metal contents from the cores. The research experience culminated in a poster presentation of the results. The participants will use this field trip-based model to bring authentic research into their classrooms. The ESST-2 teachers also plan to present their results at a regional Geoscience society meeting.
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