perspective and, of course, participate with us, not just as a supporter, but as a real partner.”

Finally, the leaders of reform initiatives need to consider flexible adaptation. Everyone involved in science education needs to be willing to give up aspects of a program that are not working. “We need to be continuously flexible and adaptable. That’s how we’re going to get sustainability.”

Century and her colleagues are still in the middle of their project. Given the importance of engaging in a collaborative change process, they have decided to make all of their work public. They have put all their analysis into an open collaborative research environment called Researchers Without Borders2 so that anyone can follow the research and join in on the effort. Besides trying to put into practice the lessons they are learning, posting their preliminary analysis allows them to be systematic and explicit about their work and form partnerships with program practitioners.


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