5 Ways Research Societies Can Support Science Educators
In academia, aside from researchers themselves, two significant stakeholders are research societies and educators. Though the contributions of science educators are sometimes underestimated, they play a pivotal role in advancing research and driving the growth of academia. They achieve this by
- Sharing information about the latest research developments to a wider audience
- Helping the general public to understand the significance of research and to develop scientific literacy
- And most importantly, fostering a robust and continuous stream of talent in STEM fields.
Therefore, for research societies, it is crucial to engage with and provide support to science educators as essential steps in promoting their respective fields and fulfilling their missions.
Why Should Research Societies Support Science Educators?
In many countries, science education is a mandatory part of curricula for not just high school education and above, but also kindergartens, elementary schools, and institutions serving students with special needs. Science educators come from diverse backgrounds, ranging from individuals with advanced scientific degrees to those with basic knowledge. Often, these educators are not highly specialized and frequently seek additional resources to enhance their knowledge of science and teaching effectiveness. Research societies possess the expertise and knowledge to support these educators in achieving their objectives.
By supporting science education and educators, research societies stand to gain from larger, more diverse, and highly motivated future memberships, along with an improved public image and acknowledgment of their valuable work.
The infographic below outlines practical ways by which research societies can engage with and support science educators, in order to advance their own mission.