The need for inquiry oriented authentic activities is imperative to engage high school students in the active involvement and associated learning of science. Herein, we describe our experience of involving high school students in the process of studying wild coyotes in and around the communities where they live. We found that many became aware and familiar with the program but few participated to the point of being contributing members of the scientific community. To make this project sustainable in the long-run three important things must happen: one, there must be reliable point person (such as a graduate student) who can focus on the ecology side of the coyote project while others can focus on the educational components of the collaboration; two, mechanisms must be put in place to provide incentives for participants; and three, funding must be reliable and substantial over time.
Way, Jonathan G. and Eatough, David
"Implementing an authentic research project on eastern coyotes at an urban high school,"
Cities and the Environment (CATE):
1, Article 5.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.lmu.edu/cate/vol1/iss1/5