Infection and Immunity K-12 Science Program: Exploring Knowns/Unknowns via VCRC/Q

Project: Research project

Description

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Improvement in health/science literacy tops the nation's health/education agenda, meshing with NIH-NIAID's strategies to energize the clinical research enterprise, enhance public understanding of science [specifically ~ Infection (In) and Immunity (Im)], and expedite translation of discovery into practice. This R25 proposal, from an experienced team led by accomplished clinician-scientists devoted to outcomes-oriented educational interventions targeting diverse/disadvantaged K-16 and health professional students, builds on a national infrastructure of people, programs, and partnerships as well as student cyberliteracy. Using our web-based Virtual Clinical Research Center and Questionarium (an interactive Questioning Space)(VCRC/Q) launched in 2011, specific aims are: 1) connect, customize, and scale this unique one stop learning grid (for integrating and personalizing domain-specific content, learning activities, and user services) to deliver a new In/Im curriculum and provide state-of-the-art multifaceted bidirectional linkage between the biomedical world and K-12 schools and general public; 2) develop a new inquiry-driven student-centered multimedia K-12 core curriculum - Infection and Immunity: Knowns and Unknowns (Answers! and Questions?) (InIm K!/U?). InIm K!/U? targets diverse/disadvantaged Arizona high school students, then age-adapted for K-8, on VCRC/Q or face-to-face for classroom, laboratory, and home use. It introduces the language (vocabulary) of medicine and highlights the spectrum of NIAID-related basic, clinical, and translational research topics, tools, and scientist role models mixing diverse experts and multilevel students as presenters/ producers. The innovative theme and learning strategy interweaves biomedical Knowledge (today's Knowns/Answers!) and Ignorance (Unknowns/Questions? - future learning and discovery), mirroring authentic science and encouraging students to ask their own questions and explore answers in VCRC/Q, classrooms/school labs, and home. Among topics introduced in animated graphically attractive teaser/snapshot form at the K9-12 then K-8 level will be: introductory mini-overview of pathobiology (inflammation, necrosis, immunity and neoplasia); research tools; bacterial, fungal, and viral organisms; infections including tuberculosis, sexually transmitted diseases, coccidioidomycosis, AIDS, influenza; MRSA, wound/surgical infections; parasitic diseases from worms and insect vectors; 1 and 2 immune disorders, organ transplantation; vaccines; and bioterrorism; 3) provide K-12 teacher training and support through serial interactive multimedia teacher workshops, year round inservice consultation, and online social networking to encourage teacher and student ownership/innovation reflecting state/national standards. Comprehensive formative/summative evaluation includes 3-phases (design, implement, disseminate) and short- and long-term assessment of program and teacher/student participant outcomes including as questioners. National/ international dissemination centers in VCRC/Q's expanding multimedia, multidisciplinary, multi-institutional partnerships and social networking to enhance impact.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date3/1/132/28/18

Funding

  • National Institutes of Health: $188,030.00
  • National Institutes of Health: $188,030.00
  • National Institutes of Health: $188,030.00
  • National Institutes of Health: $188,030.00

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immunity
science
student
multimedia
contagious disease
networking
school
learning
public enterprise
curriculum
classroom
sexually transmitted disease
role model
health science
teacher
learning strategy
applicant
teacher training
health professionals
student teacher

Keywords

  • Medicine(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)