Connecting Learners with Scientists or Technologists
France, Bev, Compton, Vicki (Eds.)
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Over recent years connective partnerships between educational communities and sectors outside of education have become increasingly popular. One significant reason behind this popularity has the expansion of information and communication technologies which have increased access and provided mechanisms for ongoing connections to be made between differing worlds. But… successful connections that cross cultural boundaries are not easy to establish and even harder to maintain in ways that are mutually beneficial.
This book focuses on science and technology connective ventures and the complexity inherent in bringing such worlds together. . The authors have been ‘in the business’ of developing such connections and this book brings them together to describe how and why making connections can support the science/technology education sector, the technology/science communities, and the wider sociocultural life we all inhabit. A range of illustrative examples of connections-in-action provide an empirical basis from which to explore and gain insight into the issues for and potential of such connective ventures, alongside a rich mix of critical commentary, arguments, cautions and challenges.
Five key principles have been distilled from the collective experience and wisdom of the authors, serving to capture that which underpins effective and efficient connective initiatives. Each principle is accompanied by a set of questions that reflect the issues raised and successes illustrated throughout the book. It is hoped these principles and questions will serve to guide people interested in developing, funding and/or participating in future connective initiatives in the fields of science and technology.
1. BRINGING COMMUNITIES TOGETHER; 2. CONNECTIONS TO SUPPORT LEARNING ABOUT SCIENCE; 3. INTERNATIONAL CURRICULA REQUIREMENTS FOR MAKING CONNECTIONS IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION; 4. A CLASSROOM WITHOUT WALLS: VIRTUAL LEARNING EXPERIENCES IN SCIENCE; 5. WORKING WITH TECHNOLOGISTS ON TECHNOLOGY CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION; 6. THE ROLE OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF NEW ZEALAND IN MAKING CONNECTIONS; 7. EXPANDING THE CAPACITY FOR CONNECTION; 8. THE YOUNG FORESIGHT PROJECT; 9. FUTUREINTECH; 10. BRIGHT SPARKS; 11. LEARNING ABOUT NATURE OF SCIENCE THROUGH LISTENING TO SCIENTISTS’ STORIES OF SCIENTIFIC ENQUIRY; 12. MULTI-DIMENTIONAL CONNECTIONS: THE LIGGINS EDUCATION NETWORK FOR SCIENCE; 13. CONNECTING SCIENTISTS AND TECHNOLOGISTS WITH STUDENTS THROUGH COOPERATIVE EDUCATION; 14. FOSTERING OPPORTUNITIES TO TALK ABOUT SCIENCE; 15. THE IMPACT OF TECHNOLOGISTS WORKING ALONGSIDE STUDENTS IN TECHNOLOGY; 16. TEACHERS MAKING CONNECTIONS WITH THE TECHNOLOGY COMMUNITY; 17. MINING MULTIPLE EXPERIENCES; INDEX; AUTHOR BIOGRAPHIES.