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Paper: CSU Science Teacher and Researcher (STAR) Program: Developing “Teacher-Researchers” Through Paid Summer Research Experiences for Pre-Service and Early Career Science and Math Teachers
Volume: 443, Earth and Space Science: Making Connections in Education and Public Outreach
Page: 137
Authors: Keller, J.; Rebar, B.; Elrod, S.
Abstract: The Science Teacher and Researcher (STAR) program aims to enhance the recruitment, preparation, and retention of science and math teachers by providing pre-service and early career science and math teachers with a “teacher-researcher” experience. With the guidance of a research mentor, STAR Fellows work on original science projects in national laboratories and other research facilities for eight to ten weeks. Weekly education workshops and an opening and closing conference provide context and opportunities for STAR Fellows to consider how the “doing of science” may be translated into the “teaching of science.” This model has allowed for considerable growth over the first four years from 16 participants in its first year to 71 in the most recent year. Early indications suggest that, as a result of the program, STAR Fellows have increased interest in teaching, feel more prestige about teaching careers, and feel more included in the teacher-researcher community.
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