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Developing Meaningful Student-Teacher-Scientist Partnerships
This article describes the Earth System Scientist Network, in which students and teachers participate in research projects with scientists. In these projects the scientists can take advantage of having an extended research team, and the students and teachers can contribute to a research project while developing skills in inquiry and expanding content knowledge in Earth system science. Several issues must be addressed in order to facilitate these partnerships: identifying the scientific research questions, the data that the students will analyze, the requirements for participating schools, and the tools and protocols that the students and teachers will use during their research. Other logistical issues must also be addressed, such as assuring that instruments and tools are available to the teachers and students, providing the background information and training they will need, providing additional research questions that can help spark students' interest, and recognizing students and teachers for their contributions.
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  • Graduate / Professional
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DLESE Catalog ID: EVAL-TLKT-000-000-000-123
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Publisher: National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT)
Journal of Geoscience Education (JGE)

Author: Tamara Shapiro Ledley
Center for Earth and Space Science Education,

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Center for Earth and Space Science Education

Author: Jeff Lockwood
Center for Earth and Space Science Education

Author: David Brooks
Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics
Drexel University