Elementary

Creating Inclusive PreK–12 STEM Learning Environments

Brief CoverBroadening participation in PreK–12 STEM provides ALL students with STEM learning experiences that can prepare them for civic life and the workforce.

Author/Presenter: 
Malcom Butler
Cory Buxton
Odis Johnson Jr.
Leanne Ketterlin-Geller
Catherine McCulloch
Natalie Nielsen
Arthur Powell
Year: 
2018
Short Description: 
This brief offers insights from National Science Foundation-supported research for education leaders and policymakers who are broadening participation in science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics (STEM). Many of these insights confirm knowledge that has been reported in research literature; however, some offer a different perspective on familiar challenges.

Longitudinal Investigation of Primary Inservice Teachers’ Modelling the Hydrological Phenomena

To develop students’ capacity for science and to engage them productively in science and engineering practices, science education reform efforts have focused on supporting teachers’ development of conceptual understandings through engagement with both disciplinary content and practices, including science teaching at the primary level. One topic of importance for primary science instruction focuses on Earth systems and, in particular, hydrological phenomena. Scientific modelling provides an effective, practice-based strategy for students’ conceptual development of water.

Author/Presenter: 
Tina Vo
Cory Forbes
Laura Zangori
Christina Schwarz
Year: 
2019
Short Description: 
This manuscript focuses on longitudinal research with four primary inservice teachers’ learning and engagement in model-based teaching about water over three years, investigating teachers conceptualizations and practice modelling water related phenomena over time. Findings from the study indicate while each teacher had individual trajectories in conceptualising and enacting scientific modelling in the classroom, we observed unique approaches within teachers.

Supporting the Scientific Practices through Epistemologically Responsive Science Teaching

Meaningfully engaging students in the NGSS scientific practices requires that student ideas become the driving force of classroom activity. However, in order for student ideas to take on this new role, teachers must engage in responsive teaching in which they elicit, notice, and respond to the substance of student thinking. In this work, we explore a variety of types of responsive teaching and elaborate a specific type of responsive teaching—what we call epistemologically responsive science teaching.

Author/Presenter: 
Leema K. Berland
Rosemary S. Russ
Cori P. West
Year: 
2019
Short Description: 
In this article, authors explore a variety of types of responsive teaching and elaborate a specific type of responsive teaching—epistemologically responsive science teaching.

Empowering Students with Specific Learning Disabilities: Jim’s Concept of Unit Fraction

Cognitive differences have historically led to deficit assumptions concerning the mathematical experiences that children with learning disabilities (LD) can access. We argue that the problem can be located not within children but instead as a mismatch between features of instruction and children’s unique learning abilities. In this paper, we investigate how one elementary school child, Jim, with specific visual motor integration differences constructed a unit fraction concept.

Author/Presenter: 
Jessica H. Hunt
Juanita Silva
Rachel Lambert
Year: 
2019
Short Description: 
This paper investigates how one elementary school child with specific visual motor integration differences constructed a unit fraction concept.

The Impact of Engineering Curriculum Design Principles on Elementary Students’ Engineering and Science Learning

The Framework for K‐12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards propose that students learn core ideas and practices related to engineering as well as science. To do so, students will need high‐quality curricular materials designed to meet these goals. We report an efficacy study of an elementary engineering curriculum, Engineering is Elementary (EiE) that includes a set of hypothesized critical components designed to encourage student engagement in practices, connect engineering and science learning, and reach diverse students.

Author/Presenter: 
Christine M. Cunningham
Cathy P. Lachapelle
Robert T. Brennan
Gregory J. Kelly
Chris San Antonio Tunis
Christine A. Gentry
Year: 
2019
Short Description: 
This article reports an efficacy study of an elementary engineering curriculum, Engineering is Elementary, that includes a set of hypothesized critical components designed to encourage student engagement in practices, connect engineering and science learning, and reach diverse students.

Complementary Assessments of Prospective Teachers’ Skill with Eliciting Student Thinking

As teacher education shifts to focus on teaching beginners to do the work of teaching, assessments need to shift to focus on assessing practice. We focus on one teaching practice, eliciting student thinking, in the context of elementary mathematics. We describe assessments in two contexts (field and simulation). For each assessment, we describe the eliciting of three prospective teachers what could be seen about the skills of group of prospective teachers (N = 44).

Author/Presenter: 
Meghan Shaughnessy
Timothy A. Boerst
Susanna Owens Farmer
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2019
Short Description: 
This article reports on how three prospective teachers had differing opportunities to demonstrate their skills in the context of the field assessment, but similar opportunities in the context of the simulation assessment.

How Place-based Science Education Strategies can Support Equity for Students, Teachers, and Communities

This brief describes how to support equity for students, teachers, and communities through place-based science education strategies.

Coleman, S., Chinn, P., Morrison, D., & Kaupp, L. (2019). How place-based science education strategies can support equity for students, teachers, and communities. STEM Teaching Tools.

Author/Presenter: 
Sarah Coleman, Pauline Chinn, Deb Morrison, and Laruen Kaupp
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2019
Short Description: 
This brief describes how to support equity for students, teachers, and communities through place-based science education strategies.

Socio-Ecological Scales of Time

This graphic is designed to support students, teachers, and families in thinking across timescales to understand socio-ecological relationships to place across time.

Author/Presenter: 
Learning in Places
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2019
Short Description: 
This graphic is designed to support students, teachers, and families in thinking across timescales to understand socio-ecological relationships to place across time.

Rhizome and Seasonal Storyline for Field-based Science

This tool, Rhizome, contains three foundational pillars: complex socio-ecological systems, nature-culture relations, and field-based science learning, with student learning and sense making made central. The Seasonal Storyline engages learners and their families in field-based science that connects family knowledge and place-based, student-led investigations.

Author/Presenter: 
Learning in Places
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2019
Short Description: 
This resource focuses on engaging learners and their families in field-based science that connects family knowledge and place-based, student-led investigations.

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