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Scientist/Educator Partnerships Provide Rich Learning Opportunities

Randy D. Krauss Donald A. DeRosa The quality of science education in the United States has been the subject of much debate in the last decade. Recent reform at the national level has resulted in a collegial effort between members of the scientific and education communities. Project 2061 and the National Science Education Standards are two of the outcomes generated through the involvement of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Research Council, respectively

Donald Derosa


Randy D. Krauss

Donald A. DeRosa
The quality of science education in the United States has been the subject of much debate in the last decade. Recent reform at the national level has resulted in a collegial effort between members of the scientific and education communities. Project 2061 and the National Science Education Standards are two of the outcomes generated through the involvement of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Research Council, respectively. There is a need to move beyond the national level and foster productive partnerships between scientists and teachers at the classroom level.

Scientists, teachers, and-most important-students stand to benefit from such partnerships. Teachers benefit in that they expand their content knowledge and gain insights into the process of scientific investigation, while scientists become more sensitive to the needs of teachers and students. The expertise of both parties together can foster an educational...

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