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Jerry P. Becker

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Schools and Universities: Cooperate More
Posted: Aug 19, 2000 4:34 PM
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From the New York Times on the Web, August 17, 2000. See

Panel Urges Closer Cooperation Between Universities and Public Schools

By The Associated Press

High school science teachers returning to the college lab. College
professors getting tips on training math teachers from the teachers
themselves. School districts and universities sharing science

That kind of cooperation between higher education and public schools
-- some of which already exists -- would bolster science and math
training for America's schoolchildren, according to a report issued
Wednesday in Washington by the National Research Council.

The report comes amid mounting pressure to improve education by
stiffening requirements for teachers and giving students high-stakes

The report's authors said science, math and technology education
should be seamless, from kindergarten to graduate school.

"The education system must bridge the traditional divide between K-12
and postsecondary educators, and collaborate in a way that mirrors
athletic teams," said Herbert Brunkhorst, the panel's co-chairman and
a head of science, math and technology education at California State
University at San Bernardino.

The 15-member panel consisted mainly of university educators and
public school officials. The
$300,000 study was sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

The panel's chief recommendations:

. Educate teachers of science, math and technology throughout their careers.

. Raise the status of teachers through rewards, incentives and expectations.

. Hold colleges and universities more accountable for educating teachers.

. Involve more scientists, mathematicians and engineers in local and
national efforts at teacher education.

The panel cited an existing partnership between Kansas State
University and three school districts that has teachers and college
faculty working together on curriculum, teacher training and research.

Every summer, about 25 New York City schoolteachers work beside
Columbia University scientists to hone their science skills.

"It will be of increasing importance that K-12 teachers understand
what is going on in research science," said Robbie McClintock, who
directs the Institute for Learning Technologies at Columbia's
Teachers College. "And research scientists need to be aware that
students can make use of the tools that they're developing."

The National Education Association is working with 14 universities to
improve teacher training, said Dennis Van Roekel, a former math
teacher and now secretary-treasurer of the 2.5 million-member
teachers union.

"It's happening, but not nearly as quickly or universally as it needs
to be," Van Roekel said. "What we have are bonfires of new
professional development, and what we need is a brush fire."

The report will also go to an Education Department task force created
last year to look at math and science education in K-12 and
recruitment, training and retention of good teachers. Led by former
senator and astronaut John Glenn, the National Commission on Math and
Science Teaching in the 21st Century is due to offer its
recommendations Oct. 3.
Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610 USA
Phone: (618) 453-4241 [O]
(618) 457-8903 [H]
Fax: (618) 453-4244

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