Conference for High School Teachers
Blends Research and
Posted June 29, 2001
HOLLAND -- About a dozen teachers from around the
country will attend a workshop at Hope College on the interface between
research and learning, gaining insights and experience that
they will take back to their schools.
The workshop will run Sunday, July 8, through
Saturday, July 21.
The teachers will develop inquiry-based laboratory
exercises for use at the high school level, focusing on
examination of water quality. They will spend their first
week working together on the exercises, and the second week
implementing them with the high school students who are
attending classes through the college's Upward Bound
Following an opportunity to try the exercises at
their schools as well during the coming academic year, next
spring they will hold an "electronic conference" to review
their efforts and compare notes.
The workshop is funded through the "Award for the
Integration of Research and Education" (AIRE) that the
college received in the fall of 1998 from the National
Science Foundation. The workshop, now in its third year, is
one of a number of efforts at Hope that the grant is
supporting to establish partnerships between high schools
and colleges, and to disseminate information concerning the
blending of research and teaching.
The participating teachers are coming from
Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and
The workshop is directed by Dr. Donald Cronkite,
professor of biology at Hope, who is also serving the
workshop as a teacher mentor and is teaching with Upward
Bound this summer. The staff also includes Dr. Brian
Bodenbender, assistant professor of geology and
environmental science, serving as scientist in residence and
environmental consultant; Nancy Hein of Hawley High School
in Hawley, Texas, serving as inquiry specialist, technology
specialist and teacher mentor; and Jewel Reuter of
Archbishop Rummel High School in Metaire, La., serving as
technology consultant and teacher mentor in addition to
teaching with Upward Bound this summer.