Connecting School and Community with Science Learning: Real World Problems and School-Community Partnerships as Contextual Scaffolds
L.M. Bouillion, L.M. Gomez 2001 Journal of Research in Science Teaching v38 p878-898
A qualitative study of the use of real-world problems and school-community partnerships to bridge classroom-based and community-based knowledge to improve science education. They report that problems should have no clear answer, be interdisciplinary in nature, and be connected both to the curriculum and students' lives. Partnerships need to serve the community and demonstrate a diverse group of people contributing to a community concern through varied applications of scientific practice.