Teacher Training

Inquiry in Rainforests: an in-service program for teachers

Inquiry in Rainforests: an in-service program for teachers
This 2-week program aims to improve K-12 science teaching by helping teachers DO science – by conducting open-ended, inquiry-based research. The course begins by introducing participants to tropical natural history, and continues by guiding them in asking questions, formulating hypotheses, designing and conducting experiments, analyzing data, and presenting and discussing results. Teachers also receive training in filming and producing videos for use in teaching. Centered at La Selva Biological Station in a lowland Caribbean rainforest and the cloud forests of the highlands around Arenal Volcano, the course includes discussions of tropical ecosystems and conservation, research focused on organisms and ecological concepts, and development of teaching and assessment plans for use in home institutions. The program is open to middle school and high school teachers, as well as graduate students preparing for careers in teaching. Preference is given to teachers early in their careers. CE/PD and graduate credit are available. For the most current information available, along with regular updates, please visit the course website at inquiryinrainforests.org
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Research Experience for Teachers (RET)

Research Experience for Teachers (RET)
Since the early 1960’s the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) has provided high quality research training to graduate students in tropical ecology. This has resulted in the development of a significant cadre of senior researchers and professors at research institutions who have the expertise and experience in field-oriented research in the tropics to pass on to their like-minded students. In the mid-1990s, OTS has expanded its programming to include undergraduates, introducing tropical ecology to an increasingly larger group of students with the expectation that many of them would become the next generation of graduate students and researchers in tropical studies. In 2002, OTS began a program of service training to high school science teachers. This program was created to promote the teaching of field-oriented science, to enhance and expand upon nationally created standards in science teaching, and to influence students in the importance of field-oriented, hands-on research in the tropics.
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Last Updated ( 01/15/14 )