1:45 p.m.

Discussion of Presentations


Questions speakers will address:

  1. Do students of varying backgrounds (SES, ethnicity, language, disability, gender) have equal access to laboratory experiences? If not, what are the factors that lead to unequal access and what are the consequences for students’ learning in science and the pathways in education and employment available to them?

  2. Do students of varying backgrounds learn science more effectively through laboratory experiences?

  3. Do labs motivate students of varying backgrounds to continue science education? If so, is this because labs help students see themselves as part of a “community of learners” in scientific discovery?

  4. How should future laboratory experiences be designed and delivered in order to reach students of varying backgrounds?

2:30 p.m.

Students’ Pathways in Science: Labs and Workforce Skills


Samuel Stringfield, Johns Hopkins University

3:15 p.m.


3:30 p.m.

Students’ Pathways: Labs for Biotechnology Careers


Ellyn Daugherty, San Mateo High School, San Mateo, CA

Elaine Johnson, San Francisco Community College and Bio-Link


Questions speakers will address:

  1. What pathways in education and employment do high school science students follow?

  2. What is the role of technical education and the business community in enhancing the effectiveness of high school labs?

  3. What is the role of laboratory experiences in helping students pursue alternative pathways in education and employment?

4:20 p.m.

Discussion of Presentations

5:00 p.m.

Adjourn for the Day

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