Scientists Take on New Roles in K-12 Classrooms

Last updated: 02-13-2018

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Scientists Take on New Roles in K-12 Classrooms

As schools work to implement the Next Generation Science Standards, practicing scientists are also rethinking how they work with schools to advance understanding of their field.

The National Board on Science Education, part of the National Academies of Science, brought together science educators and members of professional science groups like the American Chemical Society last month to discuss guidance for developing partnerships between scientists and teachers.

"Almost all practicing scientists were trained in a system designed to keep people out," said David Evans, the executive director of the National Science Teachers Association, noting that during the first week of class, college science lectures often include grim predictions of how many students will drop out.

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