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Scientists as Mentors to Science Teachers

  • Fiona Goodchild (a1) and Carol Johnston (a1)


This study of teacher researchers and mentor scientists at the Materials Research Laboratory at UCSB takes a socio-cultural perspective, assuming group norms in terms of language and practice associated with being a science teacher and a research scientist. The paper will report on data gathered from individual interviews with 6 science teachers and their mentor scientists, before and after the RET six week session in summer 2000. The interviews reveal some of the expectations and benefits expressed by teachers and scientists as well as some of the contrasts in the cultures of science teaching and research science. These factors need to be accommodated in RET project design.



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Scientists as Mentors to Science Teachers

  • Fiona Goodchild (a1) and Carol Johnston (a1)


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