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Information for Interns
Orientation for MESRP '04 - Saturday, May 22nd
Sherry McCall Ross - Acting Director
Center for Science & Mathematics Education
Smith Hall - Room 304
The Maryland Educators’ Summer Research Program (MESRP) is an internship program designed to give teachers an opportunity to experience cutting-edge science and technology through “real-world” research.
Continuing in the tradition of the University of Maryland Graduate Fellows Program and the Maryland Collaborative Teacher Preparation, MESRP has sought to pioneer a new model for summer research internships. Under the new model, aspiring and experienced teachers of middle school and high school science and mathematics are paired at government, university, and private sites to experience authentic research.
This hands-on approach promotes inquiry-based learning and gives teachers the credibility and experience needed to incorporate content and authentic data into science and mathematics curricula.
“...allowing teachers to participate in activities contexts, and cultures in which science and mathematics are developed and practiced is a powerful intervention...”
Ø provide teachers with authentic research experiences in science and mathematics that can then be transformed into classroom experiences for their students
Ø foster changes in teachers' attitudes and beliefs concerning teaching and learning of science and mathematics
Ø facilitate the development, implementation, and dissemination of inquiry-based lessons that nurture students' curiosity and ability to construct knowledge
Ø construct networks of support among preservice and inservice teachers, and the research facilities to foster mentoring relationships
Outcomes for Interns
* experience science and technology through the eyes of a scientists in an authentic research
project that will allow them to
- expand knowledge of science, mathematics, and technology content,
- learn about state-of-the-art equipment and techniques,
- gain valuable resources.
* acquire knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will change the way they view and teach science
* facilitate the transfer of knowledge and enthusiasm of the research experience into classroom practices
by completing a 3-part Outreach Project that extends into the school year following the internship,
including a ü Classroom Implementation Project
ü Speaking Event
ü Team or Collaborative Activity
In the summer of 1998, the Maryland Educators’ Summer Research Program (MESRP) was established to expand upon the foundation of two previous Maryland internship programs for teachers: The Maryland Collaborative for Teacher Preparation (MCTP), a statewide program for the preparation of science and mathematics specialist teachers for the middle schools, and The University of Maryland Graduate Fellows (UMGF) program, a research internship program (1992-1998) for outstanding middle and secondary school mathematics and science teachers. Recognizing that the audiences served by these programs could enrich the internship experiences for one another, the Center for Science and Mathematics Education at Towson University sought to pioneer a new model for summer research internships through the establishment of MESRP.
During the summer, preservice and inservice teacher interns team with mentor scientists at government, university, and private laboratories throughout Maryland. As both learners and contributors in the research environment, interns gain a wealth of knowledge and skills that will impact how they view teaching and learning. This hands-on approach promotes inquiry-based learning and gives teachers the credibility and experience needed to incorporate current content and authentic data into science and mathematics curriculum. Under the new model, aspiring and experienced teachers are paired at research sites. Working in pairs, experienced teachers serve as mentors who can provide valuable insights on both classrooms and workplaces to preservice teachers. Likewise, preservice teachers are able to contribute fresh perspectives from their teacher preparation program. During the school year following the internship, Interns participate in outreach activities designed to facilitate the transfer of attitudes and beliefs about science and mathematics education into classroom practices that engage students in active, investigative learning.
For information on becoming an Intern with MESRP, please click here.
For information on becoming a sponsoring research site, please click here.