Science Teacher Educator’s Partnership Experiences Teaching Urban Middle School Students in Multiple Informal Settings

  • Sherri L. Brown
Part of the ASTE Series in Science Education book series (ASTE, volume 1)


Based upon the belief that children need relevant science experiences outside the formal classroom setting, Sherri collaborated with informal educators and public works personnel (e.g., utility engineers and plant managers) to offer a summer camp to underserved urban seventh graders. This summer program was offered during six consecutive summers. As a group, students and teachers observed and participated in science “in action” at the zoo, wastewater treatment facility, power plant, and forest. From these experiences, Dr. Brown learned new strategies to use when visiting novel sites with adolescents. She also refined her skills to authentically use science notebooks and technology with this age group. By experiencing these community visits alongside adolescents, Sherri was able to apply this knowledge in working with teachers to authentically assist them in planning and organizing effective field trips.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Early Childhood and Elementary Education Department, College of Education and Human Development, Room 275University of LouisvilleLouisvilleUSA

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