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Scientists as Educators
Doing science is an exciting, fulfilling activity that contributes to the collected cultural knowledge of humanity. By doing science new knowledge is created and our understanding of the world around us is increased. Unfortunately, this sense of mission and personal feelings of excitement and fulfillment so characteristic of the active scientist are lost in most science education settings. This book, as with other publications from the authors of this book, evolved from the simple premise that active scientists should be involved in and develop serious educational programs designed around real scientific research questions. Science education is too serious a purpose that scientists can leave this to others to fulfill. The authors of this book hold a deep belief that the way to advance science education is through the development of in-laboratory science education programs that bring students into close contact with the experience and realities of authentic...