An important aspect of the day-to-day work of scientists at Van Andel Institute for Research is to critically evaluate the validity of cutting-edge research. They must be able to work collaboratively to analyze, develop, and communicate creative solutions to complex problems while maintaining a “healthy skepticism” that keeps them from falling prey to accepting their work, or the work of others, without question. The VAI Journal Club is a process for scientific discourse that provides participants with opportunities to hone these skills while reviewing current research. In effort to promote these same skills in youth, Van Andel Institute for Education offers a High School Journal Club (HSJC) to students and teachers from multiple Grand Rapids area schools each school year.
HSJC brings students, their teachers, and scientists together in a forum for scientific discourse. Emulating the practice of VAI scientists, participants learn to collaborate and read, analyze, present, and discuss scientific journal articles in a format that is easily applied in the classroom.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 616.234.5528 if you are interested in bringing your students to VAI for future HSJC or to inquire about program details.