HR: 08:45h
AN: ED21B-04    [Abstracts]
TI: Research at Sea: A Program for Teachers in Using Observations to Develop Research Questions
AU: * Schell, J
AF: Sea Education Association, P.O. Box 6, Woods Hole, MA 02543 United States
AU: Joyce, P
AF: Sea Education Association, P.O. Box 6, Woods Hole, MA 02543 United States
AU: Harcourt, P
AF: Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, PO Box 3092, 149 Waquoit Highway, Waquoit, MA 02536 United States
AB: Research at Sea was a five-year, NSF-funded teacher development program at the Sea Education Association (SEA) held from 1999 to 2004. The goals for the program were: 1) to provide middle school and high school science teachers with a genuine research experience in oceanography, 2) to instill teacher confidence in using inquiry-based science in their own classrooms, and 3) to provide necessary practical and content knowledge within an oceanography research context. This was achieved in a six-week summer program that included three weeks of classroom and field-based instruction in oceanography and curriculum development at the Woods Hole, MA campus, two weeks conducting research onboard SEA`s oceanographic research vessel, SSV Corwith Cramer, and one week of data analysis and summation onshore following the cruise. The curriculum design and associated research activities implemented in 2004 represent the culmination of four years of experience and course evaluation. In addition to achieving the goals outlined above, the curriculum emphasized development of observational skills and learning to formulate and evaluate research questions -- necessary skills in the scientific process. Important curriculum features included: 1) discussion and evaluation of potential research questions, 2) establishing a link between observations and research questions, and 3) providing multiple field-based research experiences, onshore and at sea. These approaches resulted in increasingly complex research questions, more effective sampling designs, and improved understanding of how data are collected and then used to test oceanographic principles. This presentation will summarize the fundamental components of the 2004 Research at Sea curriculum, the research that teachers carried out, and the types of observations and resulting evolution of teacher questions that led to the successful completion of independent oceanographic research projects.
DE: 0820 Curriculum and laboratory design
DE: 0830 Teacher training
DE: 0840 Evaluation and assessment
SC: Education and Human Resources [ED]
MN: Fall Meeting 2005