Manhattan Strategy Group presented a paper at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting titled, “Collaborative Educational Resource Development: Facilitating Emerging Science Learning within Formal and Informal Settings.” The paper detailed the resource development efforts of a variety of offices within a federal agency that co-funded research projects to enhance Nanoscale Science and Engineering (NSE) education. As the field of NSE is rapidly advancing and highly technical, these projects required extensive collaboration between science researchers and educators to develop resources capable of supporting formal learning for students in grades 7-12 and informal learning for members of the general public. Science researchers provided NSE content, educators made the NSE content “digestible” to a variety of audiences, and sometimes educational researchers provided theoretical approaches to guide these collaborative efforts. This paper detailed emerging promising practices to facilitate future collaborations between scientists and educators to improve learning in other emerging scientific fields – affording significant time- and cost-savings to funders, educators, and learners. The paper was presented within Division C Learning and Instruction, Section 4: Science and co-authored by MSG team members Amara Okoroafor, Andrew Herrmann, Taimur Amjad, Shezad Habib, and Thomas Jarosz, as well as MSG advisors Joy Quill from C. J. Quill & Associates, and James Murday from the University of Southern California.
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