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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Research at a Tender Age

item Schatzki, Thomas

Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 4/25/2010
Publication Date: N/A
Citation: N/A

Interpretive Summary: The publication describes a teaching method, developed by Dr. Paul Brandwein, to motivate and teach high school students in the 1940s to become research scientists in biology. The students accepted into this group were self-initiating and generally of high intellectual achievement. There was no attempt to improve the achievement levels of slower and/or disadvantaged students as would be done today. This method was implemented by Brandwein, who was employed as the head of the science department serving a local high school in New York City. Success was verified in that a number of these students earned national awards and recognition and became professional biological science staff at national laboratories and major universities, such as Harvard..

Technical Abstract: This is the write-up of the relation of a particular student at a public high school in New York City with the head of the science of this school during the early 1940s. As such it forms one of twenty similar memoirs, which along with writings of Brandwein forms the contents of “One Legacy of Paul F. Brandwein”, Deborah C. Fort, Ed., Springer, New York. These recollections, a description of the methods used and, generally, the success achieved form the data of this book. Clearly, after 60 years have passed, it is not easy to describe, let alone quantify this data, although the editor made a solid effort to construct a data base. It must be realized that, in addition to loss of memory of the participants, emphasis of similar studies currently concentrate on the sociological needs of society. This valuable study will find its application quite possibly in developing teaching methods in private and/or charter schools, rather than public ones.

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