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NRC How People Learn Workshop Proceedings:
March & June 2004 Goals & Objectives

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
Advisers to the Nation on Science, Engineering, and Medicine

NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL
NATIONAL SCIENCE RESOURCES CENTER

MATH/SCIENCE PARTNERSHIPS WORKSHOP
HOW PEOPLE LEARN

PLENARY AND BREAK-OUT SESSIONS
March 7-9, 2004
June 27-29, 2004

Goals and Objectives:

  1. To introduce workshop participants to the expanding body of research about human learning as synthesized in National Research Council (NRC) reports with an emphasis on the reports, How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School and How People Learn: Bridging Research and Practice.

  2. To provide participants with guidance on the implications of research on human learning on improving science and mathematics education for all students in grades K-12 and for the preparation of teachers of science and mathematics.
  3. To help participants learn how to apply learning research to their partnership environments by providing opportunities to explore aspects of that research more deeply.

Workshop participants will address these Goals and Objectives during the workshop through

  1. An introductory hands-on, interactive activity that integrates science and mathematics learning. Subsequent facilitated discussion will allow attendees to recognize the principles of learning described in the How People Learn reports.

  2. Presentations, demonstrations, and facilitated discussions of learning principles with experts who served on the authoring committees for those reports and others who have translated the principles into curricula, assessments, and professional development programs for teachers.

  3. Breakout sessions in which attendees will be able to select aspects of learning that they will explore in greater detail with the experts who will serve as workshop facilitators. One morning will be devoted to hands-on activities with master teachers who have employed the principles of learning in both K-12 and higher education environments.

  4. Time reserved for Math/Science Partnership (MSP) teams to discuss what they have learned throughout the workshop and how those principles can be applied to their own partnership environments. Experts will be available to participate in these team discussions.

Workshop participants will prepare for the workshop by

  1. Having the opportunity to read the two How People Learn reports and 11 other NRC reports on learning that they will receive on a CD-ROM after registering for the workshop.

  2. Working with other members of their MSP team on a series of issues and challenges that they face in improving learning for all students. These issues will be sent to the NRC and distributed to the expert presenters and facilitators prior to the workshop so that facilitated discussions and breakout sessions can specifically address some of these issues.

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