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Engaging County Educators in Science Education Reform: The New York 4-H Environmental Inquiry Program
In 2000, the Cornell University Department of Natural Resources embarked on a new program, 4-H Environmental Inquiry (4-H EI). The goal of the program was to build the capacity of Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) educators to play a key role in science education reform in their communities, through providing opportunities for youth to engage in authentic, open-ended research. The purpose of this article is to briefly describe youth research programs implemented by the county educators, and document some of the issues that arise when county Extension educators engage youth in research, using the Cornell program as a model.
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  • Graduate / Professional
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    • Journal article
  • Educational theory and practice
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Copyright by Extension Journal, Inc. ISSN 1077-5315. Articles appearing in the Journal become the property of the Journal. Single copies of articles may be reproduced in electronic or print form for use in educational or training activities. Inclusion of articles in other publications, electronic sources, or systematic large-scale distribution may be done only with prior electronic or written permission of the Journal Editorial Office.
DLESE Catalog ID: EVAL-TLKT-000-000-000-190
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Publisher: Journal of Extension

Contributor: Timothy DePriest
Cornell University

Contributor: Marianne Krasny
Cornell University