Bridging "the gap" was a very important
point of discussion at the RISE
working conference. The gap is a cultural one,
causing unintentional breaches of etiquette,
miscommunication and frustration. The cultures of
education, scientific research and business are all quite
different. Therefore establishing a successful
science-education partnership means the cultures must be
Throughout the website, strategies are offered for
approaches that are culturally sensitive. In addition,
three articles are offered here which will help provide
you with an understanding of the culture of K-12
education. RISE would be interested in receiving comments
and suggestions for expanding this section.
- Caution! Your ideas about what helpful
contributions you might make may be off-base. Read this
article by an experienced scientist on what he has
learned as participant and co-director in the successful
partnership of the California Institute of Technology
with the Pasadena California school district. Scientists
and Science Education Reform: Myths,
Methods and Madness.
- Another confounding aspect of entering into a
partnership with teachers is trying to understand
educational jargon. A few key common terms are defined in Translation, Please!. Additional
resources are given for reading more about these terms
and the educational theories behind them.
- A physicist. who has devoted the last 5 years to
becoming involved in K-12 science education, offers his
personal views on the how the world of physics research
and education differ in Science
Education Through The Eyes of A Physicist, an
entertaining and sometimes barbed commentary.