Sponsored by Bryn Mawr College
and the Bryn Mawr/Haverford K-16 Collaborations in Science and Mathematics Education
with support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Inquiry Based Science Education for an Interdisciplinary Curriculum

Program Outline: Science is often thought of as a specialized set of interests, abilities and practices, rather than as a general process of question-asking, intuition-testing and story-revising that all of us engage in daily, and which all of us--whatever our content area--can pursue in our classrooms. Understood in this way, science is accessible to everyone, and perhaps best taught intersected with other parts of the curriculum, by teachers who are themselves excited by the sort of teaching and learning that involves exploring new realms and trying out new tasks.

College faculty and K-12 collaborators will present a series of exploratory activities each morning. In the afternoon sessions, K-16 teachers will work together to develop individualized curricula adapted to fit the needs and goals of each participant. Particular emphasis will be given to the development of activities and lessons with daily presentations of materials generated by participants. Attention will be given to the web as a valuable tool for both curriculum development and dissemination of information.

The Institute Director is Wilfred Franklin, Lecturer and Laboratory Coordinator in Biology. Wil teaches Botany as well as major and non-major biology laboratories. He is collaborating with other faculty to develop a new inquiry-based curriculum for the Biology Department at Bryn Mawr. The Institute director will be assisted by K-12 teachers from the Philadelphia area, by colleagues in a number of other College science departments and by Paul Grobstein, Professor of Biology and organizer of the Summer Institute program.

Institute Requirements and Follow-up: Fellows will be expected to play an active role in the Institute: to attend all of the sessions, participate daily in a public on-line discussion, prepare a curriculum for use in their own classrooms, and put together a written proposal for educational supplies and materials to put that curriculum into practice. Fellows will also be expected to provide evaluations of their Institute experience, participate in several follow up meetings during the year, and to prepare a report of the their year's activities to be published on the web so as to be available to other interested teachers. Participation in subsequent years is contingent on completing all Institute obligations.

Institute Schedules and Location: This Institute will take place at Bryn Mawr College from 20 July through 31 July. Sessions will be held from 9 am. to 4 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays. Lunch will be provided.

Eligibility: High, middle, and elementary school teachers, as well as department heads and science supervisors, are eligible. Enrollment will be limited to fifteen.

Incentives: Participants will receive 60 hours of Act 48 credit, and a $750 stipend. An additional $300 per participant to purchase educational supplies and materials will be available to teachers submitting cogent curriculum proposals and agreeing to provide a written report on their experiences.

Principal's Commitment: Institute participation requires signature of principal.

Application procedures: Information and application forms are available on line at http://serendipstudio.org/local/suminst/iii09/application.html. See http://serendipstudio.org/local/suminst/ for information about the general program and other available Institutes.

For more information:Wil Franklin, Department of Biology, Bryn Mawr college, Bryn Mawr PA 19010, 610 526-5090, wfrankli@brynmawr.edu.