Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (WWNFF), the Princeton
Environmental Institute, and the Rutgers University Department
of Environmental Science and Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences
collaborated on a program to provide secondary science teachers
with instructional research experiences.
Science Education Standards (NSES) related to the following were
an integral part of the curriculum:
- a systems
view of the natural world
institute began with an overview of systems theory, NSES, concepts
and implications of global change. There were eleven lectures
delivered by eminent professors and researchers from the two universities.
Participants interacted as a whole group of 53 secondary teachers
and also worked in three study groups, each led by a member of
the WWNFF visiting faculty.
As an integral part of each day's activities, WWNFF faculty and
teacher-participants processed what they had observed and learned
in light of NSES, how the activities can be translated into local
issues, how secondary students can engage in similar research
projects, and how through inquiry-based science teaching all students
can achieve higher quality learning. Each teacher engaged in a
research project with a mentor.