Leading the way: Students of teacher research experiences
|Session Name||4.1 Educating next generation leaders for Arctic & global challenges|
|Author(s)||Janet Warburton (Arctic Research Consortium of the United States, USA), Robert Rich (Arctic Research Consortium of the United States, USA), Angela Larson (Goldstream Group Inc., USA), Judy Fahnestock (Arctic Research Consortium of the United States, USA)|
Over the past decade, the PolarTREC (Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating) program, administered by the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS), has provided over 160 U.S. K-12 teachers the opportunity to work directly with scientists in the polar regions. As a Teacher Research Experience (TRE), PolarTREC has provided teachers with a unique professional development opportunity to increase their teacher content knowledge and share the polar regions with their students. Evaluation data shows that there has been a statistically significant improvement in the teacher’s self-assessed ability and confidence to increase a variety of scientific processes in their lessons. This is important, as a growing emphasis in U.S. science standards and education inititiatives to not only increase student achievement in science but also increase the practice of science. In PolarTREC, we have witnessed numerous examples where the increased science, technology, engineering and math content knowledge of the teachers has transferred to their students. Students of PolarTREC teachers with research experiences have had an increase in student initiated and student driven research projects. In this presentation, we will share examples of this success and showcase several student-led research projects that have not only demonstrated the practice of science but have also contributed to polar research.
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