Labnet: Toward a Community of Practice / Edition 1

Labnet: Toward a Community of Practice / Edition 1

by Richard Ruopp
     
 

ISBN-10: 0805812636

ISBN-13: 9780805812633

Pub. Date: 10/01/1992

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Connected by a computer telecommunications network, ninth-graders from eight high schools scattered thousands of miles across Alaska work together, building a robot submarine to gather samples from the floor of Prince William Sound.

This is high school science as some teachers and educational reformers today envision it — centered on student projects that

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Connected by a computer telecommunications network, ninth-graders from eight high schools scattered thousands of miles across Alaska work together, building a robot submarine to gather samples from the floor of Prince William Sound.

This is high school science as some teachers and educational reformers today envision it — centered on student projects that encourage learning by doing...supported by modern technology...enriched by collaboration among students and teachers, both face to face and far apart.

This example is drawn from LabNet, a three-year effort funded by the National Science Foundation. The project was conducted by Technical Education Research Centers (TERC), a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to improving mathematics and science education. Eventually reaching 562 teachers in 37 states, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa, LabNet had a direct impact on their classroom practice. In a follow-up evaluation, the majority said they had assigned their students more projects and had used LabNet's telecommunications network to exchange project ideas with other teachers. This book is the story of LabNet as told by its editors, with 14 additional essays on science projects — both theoretical and practical — by LabNet teachers and TERC staff.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805812633
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/01/1992
Series:
Technology and Education Series
Pages:
382
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
1220L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
The Book and Its Authors
Foreword
1An Introduction to LabNet1
The Broad View1
A Short History of LabNet4
Glossary14
2From Current Practice to Projects21
Introduction21
Physics in the High Schools23
Project-Enhanced Science Learning34
3Shifting the Approach to Science Teaching59
Introduction: A Framework for Evaluating LabNet60
Gauging the Shift68
Seizing Learning Opportunities81
Shaping New Patterns of Science Teaching: Conclusions98
4Support and Leadership in a Community of Practice101
Introduction102
Community-Wide Support102
Leadership for Learning: The Big Idea Grants126
Patterns of Community Participation: Conclusions141
5Design for a Science Network145
Introduction145
The LabNetwork150
The Medium153
Elements of a National Science Teachers' Network183
6Reflections on Project-Enhanced Science Learning - Teachers199
The Making of a Scientist Or Engineer200
Theory Into Practice205
Developing Student Scientists210
Projects Fuel Physics Course213
Some Thoughts About Project Science217
To Motivate, Try Projects219
Learning to Think Through Project Science222
Postscript: LabNet Student Comments227
7Reflections on Project-Enhanced Science Learning - TERC Staff235
Learning About the Scientific Method235
Data Analysis Projects244
Conversations: Their Importance in Project Science250
Essential Elements of MBLs257
Finding an Authentic Voice263
Don't Tell Me How Things Are, Tell Me How You See Them269
Projects and Experimental Exploration280
8Agenda for an Uncertain Future291
Introduction291
Nourishing the Community of Practice293
Creating a Working K-12 Science Telecomputing Network298
PESL: NSF Support, Research and Collaboration302
From Current Practice to Project-Enhanced Science Learning: A Final Word310
Appendix A: The LabNet Teacher Community311
Appendix B: Creating Permeable Boundaries for Reflective Expertise: Collaborative Evaluation on a Network315
Appendix C: Spring 1991 Teacher Questionnaire With Data324
Appendix D: The Big Idea Grants - Summaries328
References341
Author Index351
Subject Index355

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