Teachers will continue their summer research year-round in the laboratories of university scientists. They will also work with the university scientists to develop classroom implementation plans to transfer the research to the students. All research schedules will be individualized between teachers and university scientist research mentors. All teachers will be trained in proper use of the scientific method to solve problems. All levels of the California Science Standards also have an investigative section that includes clear understanding and implementation of the scientific method. All teachers will write a research report on their work under the supervision of their scientist mentors. The report will include detailed classroom implementation plans. Teachers will implement student research projects in their classrooms while working on the projects in the scientists laboratories. Teachers will submit student work in the form of abstracts that will be reviewed and published in the Journal of Student Research Abstracts, Pearson Education Publisher, Boston, MA (Oppenheimer, S. Ed., 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001). Steve Oppenheimer will be primarily responsible for Track 2, the Inquiry-Based Research Track.
RESEARCH TRAINING LABS THAT WILL DEVELOP EISENHOWER TEACHER FELLOWS, WITH TRAINING AND LESSON PLANNING USING THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD IN INQUIRY-BASED PROJECTS. These CSUN faculty scientists will guide the work of the teachers in their laboratories:
Dr. Mike Summers, Molecular Genetics
Dr. Maria Elena Zavala, Plant Physiology
Dr. Cheryl Hogue, Ecology of Parasite-Host Interactions
Dr. Lisa Banner, Neurobiology in Human Disease
Dr. Steve Oppenheimer, Cancer and Developmental Biology
Dr. Gini Vandergon, Plant Molecular Genetics
Dr. Paul Tomasek, Biofilms and Microbial Lava Lamp
Dr.Vicki Pedone, Geoscience
Dr. George Dunne, Geoscience
Dr. Radha Ranganathan, Physics and Biophysics
Dr. Cathy Coyle-Thompson, Soil Ecology
Dr. Peter Weigand, Geoscience
Dr. Nick Kioussis, Computational Materials Physics
Dr. Randy Cohen, Insect Neurobiology
In addition to training teachers in inquiry-based discovery science (meeting the "Investigation and Experimentation" components of the California Science Content Standards (California Department of Education, 1998), at least several of the following California Science Content Standards will be covered in each research experience: Grade 6, 1-6; Grade 7, 1-5; Grade 8, 4 and 7; Grades 9-12, Biology, 1-10; Earth Science, 1-9; Chemistry, 1, 2, 6, and 11; Physics, 5).
Teachers will spend at least 120 hours in this segment of the Eisenhower superfunded training initiative. Hours are logged in and certified by the research mentors.