Scientist-Educator Collaborative Workshop
Held at the New England Center on the University of New Hampshire Campus
Friday, March 13, 2009 through Saturday, March 14, 2009
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 New Hampshire were matched with 12 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.
Quotes from Workshop Participants
|Watch a video
featuring educator Jill Denniston speaking about her interactions with scientists at the workshop.
"Linda Kalnejais was great to work with. We really changed her initial concept map and she appreciated the changes we made."
"At first I was not sure who were the scientists and who were the participants. They were just one of us, I did not feel threatened...."
"The scientists were very open to input and just as involved in clarifying their idea."