Scientist-Educator Collaborative Workshop
Held at the Darling Marine Center in Walpole, ME
Friday, November 22, 2008 through Saturday, November 23, 2008
COSEE-OS researches, tests, and builds systems to improve how scientists can contribute to the education enterprise. We have offered
scientist-lead professional development workshops for educators designed to reach inland audiences with ocean content at the University
of Maine, the University of New Hampshire, and the University of Connecticut. Likewise, we have developed a college course to help young marine
scientists more effectively communicate their subject; encourage science majors to pursue professions where they simultaneously serve science and
education; and create a greater awareness among young scientists about the need for outreach.
Based on experience from these and other COSEE-OS initiatives, we have crafted a new model for workshops that includes specific
professional development for scientists including use of pedagogical techniques such as concept mapping and on-line collaboration
tools that promote sustained interactions with educators and students. A key goal of COSEE-OS is to offer these "Scientist-Educator
Workshops" at various venues and train facilitators at other COSEE Centers to implement the workshops.
In this workshop, 5 ocean and climate scientists from the University of Maine were matched with 14 educators to improve
their collective understanding of Earth's major ocean - climate systems. Click on their names in the menu at left to learn
more about these scientists.