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B.J. Eisenhamer, F. Summers, L.S. Knisely (STScI)
Scientists and educators are often asked to work on teams that design and implement E/PO programs. Specifically, building a formal education branch within an E/PO program requires an educator and a scientist to routinely work in tandem to produce the best results. While scientists and educators are experts in their fields, they both must learn enough of each other's domain to discuss, appreciate, and respect the viewpoint and constraints each discipline imposes. A scientist who dismisses the educational viewpoint is committing just as serious an error as an educator who minimizes a scientific finding. A true partnership exists when ideas are shared, each partner’s expertise is respected, and both are working toward the common goal of delivering the best products and services to the K-14 formal education community. This poster will present various strategies that have been developed for establishing and utilizing effective scientist-educator partnerships, as well as the benefits of such partnerships. Highlights of the Amazing Space Formal Education Program educator-scientist partnerships will be presented.
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