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Description of Workshop:

This workshop is a unique four-day experience that is offered each year to CfAO graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and others involved in CfAO educational activities. The workshop consists of a set of integrated components: 1) training in inquiry-based learning; 2) visits to technical facilities; 3) partnership building; and 4) communicating research to the community.

Inquiry Intensive

A major portion of the workshop is dedicated to an "inquiry intensive," which provides workshop participants with the tools necessary to incorporate inquiry-based teaching strategies into their science teaching. Inquiry is a teaching strategy called for in many recent national studies and reports, and the National Science Standards, making it an essential tool for future faculty members in the sciences and engineering. For a description of inquiry, see http://www.exploratorium.edu/IFI/about/inquiry.html. Participants will experience learning through inquiry first hand, then move through a set of activities that develop the skills necessary to design and teach inquiry based instructional activities. As a final outcome of the workshop, participants will gain the skills necessary to teach science using inquiry, and will be part of a design team that develops and implements instructional material for CfAO's high school and undergraduate teaching activities. The integration of this workshop with other CfAO education programs creates a dynamic teaching "laboratory" that gives participants an authentic and intensive teaching experience.

The inquiry component of the workshop was developed as a collaboration between the Exploratorium, UCSC Education Department, and the CfAO, specifically for CfAO graduate students and postdocs. Workshop staff are Barry Kluger-Bell (Exploratorium), Doris Ash (UCSC Education Department), Candice Brown (Exploratorium), and Sally Duensing (Center for Informal Learning and Schools, UCSC).

Hawaii Partnerships

The CfAO is involved in a range of research and technology projects that include astronomy, physics, mathematics, engineering, and vision science. Our astronomical advances, and the technology development that supports the science, relies heavily on the resources of the state of Hawaii. The summits of Mauna Kea and Haleakala are the sites of many of our nations most powerful telescopes, and plans for the development of new instrumentation for these telescopes, make the continued use of these sites critical to the field of astronomy. The CfAO is committed to building partnerships in Hawaii and contributing to an informed community. A major goal of these partnerships and community activities is to increase the participation of Native Hawaiians in astronomy and the technology that enables astronomical research.

On the island of Maui, the CfAO is working closely with Maui Community College, the Maui Economic Development Board, the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory AMOS facility, and many of the federal contractors that support and advance the technology essential to the facilities on Haleakala. To further these partnerships, the CfAO hosts an event that brings together the technical, scientific and educational communities of Hawaii. The Maui High Tech Industry Education Exchange (MHTIEE) will be held at the Wailea Outrigger on May 15, 2003. This session is an exchange between the CfAO and the Hawaiian community, which includes a "Community Poster Session" (link coming soon), and for the first time a "CfAO Informal Community Reports" (link coming soon).

Inquiry Workshop Leaders:

Doris Ash, University of California, Santa Cruz
Doris Ash is an Assistant professor at University of California Santa Cruz in science education. Prior to this she worked at the Exploratorium in San Francisco with the Institute for Inquiry, working with National Science education reform efforts from across the country. She also worked at UC Berkeley with the Fostering a Community of Learners project and has taught for many years at all levels.

Candice Brown, Exploratorium
Candice is a Science Educator at the Exploratorium Institute for Inquiry. Prior to this she was a visiting professor at University of California, Davis. She has a Ph.D. in Education Psychology with an emphasis in Teaching and Learning/Science Education from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has worked on curriculum development, led professional development workshops, designed traveling education exhibits, worked in K-8 classes, and led a science education research group.

Barry Kluger-Bell, Exploratorium
Barry Kluger-Bell is Assistant Director for Science at the Exploratorium Institute for Inquiry in San Francisco. He holds an A.B. in Physics and Mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Colorado. Dr. Kluger-Bell has worked as a physicist, college level physics teacher, science teacher educator and director of the Bay Area Science Project. At the Exploratorium, he has served as science resource teacher, developed curriculum materials, planned and lead workshops for teachers and professional developers, and worked with elementary teachers and children in their classrooms. He is author of The Exploratorium Guide to Scale and Structure. He has served as an advisor for video projects by WGBH, Boston and Annenberg/CPB in Washington.

Sally Duensing, Center for Informal Learning and Schools (CILS)
Sally Duensing, formerly from the Exploratorium, in San Francisco, is Director of the new Center for Informal Learning and Schools (CILS) at UC Santa Cruz. CILS an NSF funded science learning collaboration between the Exploratorium, UC Santa Cruz and King's College London, main purpose is to understand and build alliances between learning in formal and informal environments to strengthen science education. In 2000 she held the Collier Chair, a one-year professorship in the Public Understanding of Science at the University of Bristol, England. Her main focus in this position was to work on ways to bring university science and learning research into public domains. During her twenty-five years at the Exploratorium she directed professional development programs for staff from museums around the world, and developed connections between the Exploratorium and the scientific community through exhibits, fellowships, seminars, and lectures. She has also directed a variety of exhibition projects primarily in fields of perception and cognition. Her most recent project (1998) was as PI for the Exploratorium's National Science Foundation grant for the development of a major exhibition on biological, cognitive and cultural aspects of human memory. She is an invited speaker at both national and international conferences. Her most recent publications include, Science as a Social Activity, ASTC Dimensions, January/February 2003, and The Object of Experience in the book Perspectives on Object-Centered Learning in Museums,, LEA pub., 2002.


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