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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.

Teachers’ Views of Students’ Mathematical Capabilities: Challenges and Possibilities for Ambitious Reform

Background: Research suggests that teachers’ views of their students’ capabilities matter when attempting to accomplish instructional reform, particularly in settings serving historically marginalized groups of students. However, to date, this issue has received minimal attention in the scholarship and practice of mathematics instructional reform.

Author/Presenter: 
Kara Jackson
Lynsey Gibbons
Charlotte J. Sharpe
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2017
Short Description: 
This study offers a large-scale snapshot of middle-grades teachers’ views of their students’ mathematical capabilities in the context of instructional reform.

In-Game Actions to Promote Game-Based Math Learning Engagement

Game-based learning (GBL) has increasingly been used to promote students’ learning engagement. Although prior GBL studies have highlighted the significance of learning engagement as a mediator of students’ meaningful learning, the existing accounts failed to capture specific evidence of how exactly students’ in-game actions in GBL enhance learning engagement. Hence, this mixed-method study was designed to examine whether middle school students’ in-game actions are likely to promote certain types of learning engagement (i.e., content and cognitive engagement).

Author/Presenter: 
Jewoong Moon
Fengfeng Ke
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2019
Short Description: 
This mixed-method study was designed to examine whether middle school students’ in-game actions are likely to promote certain types of learning engagement (i.e., content and cognitive engagement).

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.

CRIS 7e Lesson Plan Template

The CRIS “7e” lesson plan template, adapted from the Next Generation Science “5e”, centers the importance of including Elders and Environment in Indigenous STEM teaching and learning. The template is a way for teachers to weave Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and Western Science into lessons, and has been formative in helping team members integrate community knowledge and land-based education into science learning experiences. 

Author/Presenter: 
CRIS Project Team
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2019
Short Description: 
This lesson plan template centers the importance of including Elders and Environment in Indigenous STEM teaching and learning, and is a way for teachers to weave Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and Western Science into lessons.

The Role of Teacher Framing in Producing Coherent NGSS-Aligned Teaching

We report on one teachers’ efforts to re-design an entire instructional unit as a coherent storyline about forces and motion as a part of a multiyear professional development (PD) project around the NGSS. Designing coherent storylines demands that teachers create opportunities for students to meaningfully engage in science practices in order to develop their knowledge over time.

Author/Presenter: 
Jarod Kawasaki
William Sandoval
Year: 
2019
Short Description: 
In this Journal of Science Teacher Education article, Jarod Kawasaki and William Sandoval report on one teachers’ efforts to re-design an entire instructional unit as a coherent storyline about forces and motion as a part of a multiyear professional development project around the NGSS.

Toward a theoretical structure to characterize early probabilistic thinking

The role of probability in curricula for children has fluctuated greatly over the past several decades. Recently, some countries have removed probability from their preschool and primary curricula, and others have retained it. One reason for such lack of agreement is that theory about early probability learning is still relatively new and under development. The purpose of this report is to sketch a tentative theoretical structure with the potential to anchor curricular decisions and inform further research on early probability learning.

Author/Presenter: 
Randall E. Groth
Jathan W. Austin
Madeline Naumann
Megan Rickards
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2019
Short Description: 
The purpose of this report is to sketch a tentative theoretical structure with the potential to anchor curricular decisions and inform further research on early probability learning.

Toward Youth Participatory Science: In Search of Science (Education) for the People

Frausto, A., Morales-Doyle, D., Fitch, A., Hatch, S., & Nagy, K. (2019, April). Toward Youth Participatory Science: In Search of Science (Education) for the People. Presentation at the annual international conference of NARST, Baltimore, MD.

Author/Presenter: 
Alejandra Frausto
Daniel Morales-Doyle
Alanah Fitch
Shelby Hatch
Kathryn Nagy
Year: 
2019
Short Description: 
These slides were presented at the 2019 Annual International Conference of NARST in Baltimore, MD.
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Science Curriculum from the Grassroots

Morales-Doyle, D., Frausto, A., Childress Price, T., Chappell, M., & Hatch, S. (2019, April). Science curriculum from the grassroots. Presentation at the annual conference of the National Science Teachers Association, St. Louis, Missouri.

Author/Presenter: 
Mindy Chappell
Tiffany Childress Price
Alejandra Frausto
Shelby Hatch
Daniel Morales-Doyle
Year: 
2019
Short Description: 
These slides were presented at the 2019 Annual Conference of the National Science Teachers Association, St. Louis, Missouri.

Beyond PCK: Science Teachers Building Critical Historical Knowledge for Environmental Justice

Morales-Doyle, D., Frausto, A., Chappell, M.J., Childress-Price, T.L., Collins, D.A., Levingston, A., Aguilera, A., Canales, K., & Herrera, E. (2019, April). Beyond PCK: Science Teachers Building Critical Historical Knowledge for Environmental Justice. Presentation at the annual international conference of NARST, Baltimore, MD.

Author/Presenter: 
Daniel Morales-Doyle
Mindy Chappell
Tiffany Childress-Price
Alejandra Frausto
Darrin Collins
Adilene Aguilera
Karen Canales
Elizabeth Herrera
Amy Levingston
Year: 
2019
Short Description: 
These slides were presented at the 2019 Annual International Conference of NARST in Baltimore, MD.

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