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Assessing Data Accuracy when Involving Students in Authentic Paleontological Research
This article describes the potential benefits of Student-Scientist partnerships (SSPs) to both students and researchers. Scientists' concerns with the accuracy of data acquired by students are discussed. An overview is presented of a pilot SSP in which 4th-9th grade students perform research on Devonian marine fossil assemblages. Assessment results show that useable data can be obtained from SSPs, provided that adequate monitoring of quality is performed. In addition, students felt empowered to see themselves as scientists and felt entrusted to do high-quality meaningful work as collaborators in the SSP.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Graduate / Professional
Type of resource:
  • Text:
    • Journal article
  • Educational theory and practice
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Paleontology
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Adobe Acrobat reader
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DLESE Catalog ID: EVAL-TLKT-000-000-000-119
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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