2006 Fall Meeting Cite abstracts as Author(s) (2006), Title, Eos Trans. AGU,
(52), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract xxxxx-xx

HR: 1340h
AN: ED13A-1214
TI: Creating A Culture Of Scientific Inquiry Through Research Experiences For Teachers And Students
AU: * Kanjorski, N
EM: nkanjors@scieds.com
AF: Science Education Solutions, 4200 W. Jemez Rd., Suite 301, Los Alamos, NM 87544
AU: Hall, M
EM: hall@scieds.com
AF: Science Education Solutions, 4200 W. Jemez Rd., Suite 301, Los Alamos, NM 87544
AB: Creating A Culture Of Scientific Inquiry (CACOSI) is a National Science Foundation funded pilot project designed to help middle and high school teachers and students achieve a scientific understanding of their world through authentic short and long-term classroom and field research experiences. Throughout the past year CACOSI had reached out to several Northern New Mexico minority-serving schools to implement inquiry- based projects in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade classrooms such as weather, earthquake, and schoolyard ecosystem monitoring. Professional scientists were also introduced into the classroom to act as teachers and mentors of the science process and help expose students to scientific career opportunities. Additionally, CACOSI has developed a one-week residential Summer Science Camp to introduce the students and teachers to hands-on Earth and environmental science investigations with the assistance of professional scientists in the field. Development of this camp significantly strengthened and expanded the partnerships that have been created over the past three years and will allow us to expand the CACOSI project to include more field-based exploration during the 2006-2007 school year across two school systems. Throughout this project we have found that consistent teacher support is required to implement authentic research projects in the classroom. The summer science camp was particularly helpful to the teachers in developing their comfort with the inherent unpredictability of hands-on field research projects. This year we are working with the schools to take the students and teachers out of the classroom setting into the field for one day each month with professional scientists' assistance. This will allow us to explore more intensive field investigations and overcome some of the barriers created by the classroom structure and schedule.
UR: http://www.scieds.com/CACOSI
DE: 0805 Elementary and secondary education
DE: 0820 Curriculum and laboratory design
DE: 0855 Diversity
SC: Education and Human Resources [ED]
MN: 2006 Fall Meeting