A college and middle school student teaching collaboration was developed to interest more college students in teaching K-12 science, to enhance diversity among K-16 teaching faculties, and to inspire the K-12 students to expand their knowledge beyond their classroom curriculum. To assess our results, we used a modified Likert survey instrument and self-reflective analysis in middle school and college students, respectively. Overall, middle school students expressed satisfaction in the science learning in which they participated. In addition, college students reported that they learned specific content when made responsible for teaching material to younger students. Collaborative projects such as this one may positively impact attitudes towards math and science learning among middle school students. Research suggests that middle school girls who have positive experiences in math and science classes select further training and career options in these areas. Similarly, college students reported increased interest in K-12 teaching. Collaborative project based learning could be successfully modified by other educators for use in alternative or mainstream educational settings.
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Prattis, S. and Czerwiec, I.
"Examination of Student-Active Learning Practices in a College/Middle School Educational Collaboration,"
Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations: Vol. 4
, Article 7.
Available at: https://scholarscompass.vcu.edu/jmsce_vamsc/vol4/iss1/7