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The Escondido ESL Family Science Night
California State University, San Marcos (CSUSM) faculty conducted a community-based research project in elementary science education by teaching immigrant parents at an elementary school how to conduct simple science experiments at home using household items.
Working with parents, school administrators and local merchants, the faculty researchers conducted two-hour parent workshops. In addition, CSUSM credential students in the multiple subject program learned to create and conduct the family workshops working in concert with parents and the local school administration. The workshops were given in Spanish, the primary language of the parents. CSUSM students also obtained donations from local merchants and other businesses to defray expenses for the project.
As part of their five years of research, the faculty members have written an article to document the project development, its findings, and suggestions for others planning or considering community-based research projects in elementary science education.
There may be intangible benefits yet to come as immigrant parents become more aware of science education and encourage their children to study the subject.
Gilbert Valadez, Teaching, Learning and Leadership
California State University, San Marcos
Sue Moineau, California State University, San Marcos
Key words: San Marcos, science, immigrants, K-6 schools