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This study examined the educational outreach efforts of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL) at its main facility at Tallahassee, Florida. The NHMFL is a federal-state partnership; its primary purpose is to provide the tools and resources to conduct research using high magnetic fields. It provides links among educational stakeholders and furnishes resources in the form of materials and expertise as it influences policy on various levels. The analysis here builds on the premise that a science research institution can facilitate reform and enhance science education by involving various members of the community. Data were gathered by distributing three separate surveys at NHMFL events, such as the NHMFL Annual Open House, the Ambassador Program, K-12 web site, and in-house and school-based outreach efforts. The data were reviewed based on three perspectives: the sociological, the educational, and the political. The results confirm that a science research institution can facilitate reform in education by involving stakeholders, by fostering links among stakeholders, by providing resources in the form of materials and/or expertise, and by influencing policy. (RJM)

Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Innovation, Elementary Secondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, School Community Relationship, Science Education











Author: Dixon, Patricia J.; Spiegel, Samuel A.; Papagiannis, George J.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=10043&id=ED425537







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