Dimensions, May/June 2011—A Class Act: Science Centers and Teachers


May/June 2011

Many science centers are deeply involved in providing professional development and support to teachers; in fact, 84 percent of ASTC’s science center and museum members offer teacher workshops or institutes. With their emphasis on active, inquiry-based learning and real-life experiences, science centers can help teachers deepen their own understandings of science and discover creative, flexible strategies for engaging their students in science learning. In this issue, we explore some exemplary teacher professional development and support programs, and offer frameworks and best practices for engaging teachers.

  • Informal Science Institutions and Teachers: Partners in Education, by the CAISE Formal-Informal Partnerships Inquiry Group
  • Practical Learning Opportunities for Primary Science Teachers, by Celeste Chariandy
  • Museum Schools: Up to the Standards, by Joelle Seligson
  • Changing the Culture of Science Teaching, by Nicole Kowrach
  • A Framework to Help Teachers Maximize Field Trip Learning, by Jennifer DeWitt
  • Small Center, Big Ambition: System-wide Professional Development, by William Katzman
  • Shedd Navigators: A Model for Professional Development, by Joy Kubarek-Sandor and Lorrie Beaumont
  • The OSR Portal: Shared Resources for Formal and Informal Education, by Kati Tyystjärvi
  • Listening to Teachers’ Needs, by Cristina Trecha
  • The Role of Science Centers in Professional Development, by Francis Q. Eberle

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