Questioning: Swinging the Balance
in Mutually Beneficial Student-Scientist Partnerships?
by J. Shirk and M.E. Krasny at the 88th Annual Meetings
of the Ecological Society of America. Savannah, GA, 2003.
A range of current
Student-Scientist Partnerships (SSP) reflects constituents’
often disparate needs, varying from curriculum-centered
to data-driven. As more classrooms struggle to meet inquiry
learning goals through research, standard protocols from
an SSP can provide structure and guidance for teachers and
the possibility of validating student data for database
inclusion. Can high school students accurately collect more
detailed biodiversity data than just presence/absence? And
does student participation in the questioning process impact
commitment to accurate research? High school students in
Northern Virginia utilized a basic protocol to collect data
for the national Terrestrial Salamander Monitoring Project,
with some classrooms additionally designing a research question.
Due to low numbers of salamanders captured, results concentrate
on student experiences relative to the research process.