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Developing Effective K-16 Geoscience Partnerships
This article describes the benefits of research partnerships to scientists, students, and teachers. There is growing awareness that the way science is experienced in the K-16 classroom deviates greatly from the experiences of practicing researchers. Whereas researchers are immersed in more open-ended observation and inquiry, many K-16 students find themselves cramming to memorize core scientific content in preparation for standardized examinations. This issue can be mitigated by the development of partnerships in which scientists benefit by added human resources (teachers and students) for data collection and analysis, and teachers and students benefit from a learning process that fosters creativity, sets high standards, teaches problem solving, and is highly motivating.
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  • Graduate / Professional
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  • Educational theory and practice
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DLESE Catalog ID: EVAL-TLKT-000-000-000-113
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Publisher: National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT)
Journal of Geoscience Education (JGE)

Author: Paul G. Harnik
Paleontological Research Institution

Author: Robert M. Ross
Paleontological Research Institution