Youth Scientific Literacy

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Projects place a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary curriculum development that includes applied research, evaluation, and program dissemination.  They emphasize effective professional development for science educators, with a focus on contemporary, community of practice-based models that are grounded in constructivism, data-driven, and occur over extended periods of time.

Recent projects include: the UC-ANR-funded Mitigating Zoonotic and Animal Disease Risks in 4-H Animal Science Projects through Coordinated Education and Research project, a statewide effort that involved collaborators in 11 California counties; and the Enhancing 4-H Common Measures: Developing a Transformational, Sustainable Professional Development Model project, a national effort funded by the S. D. Bechtel Foundation through National 4-H Council.

Martin Smith