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Project | SimSnap: Orchestrating Collaborative Learning in Biology through Reconfigurable Simulations (Collective Research: Puntambekar)
This project will develop and research collaborative learning in biology using tablet-style computers that support simulations of biological systems and that can be used individually or linked together. The project will be implemented over 4 years in middle school life science classes, in which students will solve important socio-scientific problems, such as growing healthy plants in community...
Posted: Tuesday, August 04
Project | SimSnap: Orchestrating Collaborative Learning in Biology through Reconfigurable Simulations (Collective Research: Tissenbaum)
This project will develop and research collaborative learning in biology using tablet-style computers that support simulations of biological systems and that can be used individually or linked together. The project will be implemented over 4 years in middle school life science classes, in which students will solve important socio-scientific problems, such as growing healthy plants in community...
Posted: Tuesday, August 04
Project | Science Education Campaign for Research, Equity, and Teaching: A Working Conference
The purposes of this conference are to organize scholarly work about equity in science education and to broaden the set of scholars in science education who have equity as a focus.
Posted: Tuesday, August 04
Project | An Online Reflection and Community-based Instructional Development System for Mathematics Education
The project will create a system of online mathematics teacher professional development modules for middle and high school teachers. Teachers will engage in online, asynchronous, high-quality mathematics learning experiences that mirror research-based productive classroom practices and models of instruction that feature active learning and student collaboration, explanation, and discussion.
Posted: Friday, July 31
Project | Enhancing the Teacher-Curriculum Relationship in Problem-based Mathematics Classrooms by Connecting Teacher and Student Digital Collaborative Environments
The project will create a digital environment for middle school mathematics teachers that is combined with a student collaborative platform for a problem-solving curriculum. The goal is to design and develop the digital collaborative platform so networks of teachers can create, use, and share teaching resources for planning, enactment, and reflection on student thinking.
Posted: Friday, July 31
Project | Supporting Science Learning and Teaching in Middle School Classrooms through Automated Analysis of Students' Writing (Collaborative Research: Puntambekar)
This project will develop a novel, automated technology to provide middle-school students and their teachers with real-time feedback about students' written explanations of physics phenomena. Working in groups to design a roller coaster, students will learn about key principles in physics such as the conservation of energy and the laws concerning forces and motion and record their ideas and...
Posted: Friday, July 31
Project | Supporting Science Learning and Teaching in Middle School Classrooms through Automated Analysis of Students' Writing (Collaborative Research: Passonneau)
This project will develop a novel, automated technology to provide middle-school students and their teachers with real-time feedback about students' written explanations of physics phenomena. Working in groups to design a roller coaster, students will learn about key principles in physics such as the conservation of energy and the laws concerning forces and motion and record their ideas and...
Posted: Friday, July 31
Project | Broadening Participation in Mathematics for English Learners with Mathematics Difficulties: A Multi-Site Impact Study
The purpose of this project is to rigorously test the efficacy of the Precision Mathematics First-Grade (PM-1) intervention on the mathematics outcomes of English learners (ELs) who face mathematics difficulties (MD). The PM-1 intervention is designed to support students with or at risk for MD in developing a robust understanding of the underlying concepts, problem-solving skills, and vocabulary...
Posted: Friday, July 31
Project | Co-learning Math Teaching Project: Collaborative Structures to Support Learning to Teach across the Professional Teaching Continuum
This project will design and study an innovative model of collaborative learning for pre-service and experienced secondary mathematics teachers that focuses on equitable mathematics teaching practices that include understanding students' knowledge, math understandings, and experiences they bring to the classroom.
Posted: Friday, July 31
Project | Design Talks: Building Community with Elementary Engineering (Collaborative Research: Watkins)
This project explores how classroom conversations can engage children in making sense of the problems that they are addressing and foregrounding ethics while making design decisions. To provide children with opportunities to engage in rich classroom conversations, the project team uses a community-based engineering curricular approach, where students address problems that affect their local...
Posted: Friday, July 31
Project | Design Talks: Building Community with Elementary Engineering (Collaborative Research: Wendell)
This project explores how classroom conversations can engage children in making sense of the problems that they are addressing and foregrounding ethics while making design decisions. To provide children with opportunities to engage in rich classroom conversations, the project team uses a community-based engineering curricular approach, where students address problems that affect their local...
Posted: Friday, July 31
Project | Developing a Modeling Orientation to Science: Teaching and Learning Variability and Change in Ecosystems (Collaborative Research: Miller)
This project addresses the need to make science relevant for school students and to support student interpretation of large data sets by leveraging citizen science data about ecology and developing instruction to support student analyses of these data. This collaboration between Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Bowdoin College and Vanderbilt University engages middle-school students in building...
Posted: Friday, July 31
Project | Developing a Modeling Orientation to Science: Teaching and Learning Variability and Change in Ecosystems (Collaborative Research: Lehrer)
This project addresses the need to make science relevant for school students and to support student interpretation of large data sets by leveraging citizen science data about ecology and developing instruction to support student analyses of these data. This collaboration between Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Bowdoin College and Vanderbilt University engages middle-school students in building...
Posted: Friday, July 31
Project | Developing a Modeling Orientation to Science: Teaching and Learning Variability and Change in Ecosystems (Collaborative Research: Peake)
This project addresses the need to make science relevant for school students and to support student interpretation of large data sets by leveraging citizen science data about ecology and developing instruction to support student analyses of these data. This collaboration between Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Bowdoin College and Vanderbilt University engages middle-school students in building...
Posted: Friday, July 31
Organization | Bowdoin College
Posted: Friday, July 31
Project | Exploring Changes in Teachers' Engineering Design Self-Efficacy and Practice through Collaborative and Culturally Relevant Professional Development
In this project, investigators from the University of North Dakota develop, evaluate, and implement an on-going, collaborative professional development program designed to support teachers in teaching engineering design to 5th-8th grade students in rural and Native American communities.
Posted: Friday, July 31
Event | STELAR Webinar: NSF Q&A for 2020 ITEST Solicitation Applicants
STELAR will host NSF Program Officers for a final Q&A session designed for those planning to submit ITEST proposals on August 14, 2020. This session will be held as an “office hours” style discussion, and will be geared towards answering the more technical questions around completing the required proposal sections and finalizing your submission. Bring your questions ahead of the August 14...
Posted: Wednesday, July 29
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Blog | Conceptual Replications in STEM Education Research
Despite the abundant and frequent calls for replication studies from research communities (e.g., Shavelson & Towne, 2002) and funding agencies (e.g., IES & NSF, 2013), the number of such studies remains stubbornly small. For example, in an analysis of all articles published since 1900 in the top 10 psychological journals, Makel, Plucker, and Hegarty (2012) found that less than 1% were...
Posted: Monday, July 27
Blog | Reporting Findings to Decision-Makers and Project Participants
As DRK-12 researchers conducting empirical studies of interventions in science education, the findings from our studies are important to multiple audiences. While the dissemination plan might be one of the last sections we write in our proposals, and one of the last pieces we consider during the timeline of a project, it is probably the most important activity we engage in. I’ll always remember...
Posted: Monday, July 27
Newsletter | July 2020 Newsletter
Dear Colleagues, In 2018, NSF and IES released a companion to the Common Guidelines which identifies principles to help education stakeholders design and report reproducibility and replication studies in the effort to build evidence. This month’s Spotlight explores that topic. This newsletter also features two blogs written by 2019-20 CADRE Fellows offering their perspectives on STEM education...
Posted: Monday, July 27
Blog | Liberating Our Young, Gifted & Black: The Role of STEM Education in Addressing the Existential Threat of Racism, White Supremacy, and Systemic Violence
Racism, white supremacy, and systemic violence Solve: 5 - 7k = -4(k+1) - 3 The teacher, frustrated with her inability to teach 13-year old Mia how to solve multi-step equations, began berating her in front of the entire class asking, “Why do we even bother to have these 504 meetings if you're not going to pay attention and turn in your homework?” before sending her out of the room. There were...
Posted: Monday, July 27
Blog | Removing the Shield
PositionalityI identify as both a Black woman and a woman of color from North Carolina. I am an informal STEM educator currently going into my third year as a doctoral student. As I navigate academia, I find that I am drawn to creating spaces where historically marginalized youth feel that they can bring their whole selves and engage in learning in ways that have traditionally been overlooked....
Posted: Monday, July 27
Organization | Gibson Consulting Group
Posted: Friday, July 24
Project Spotlight | Replication & Building Evidence
This Spotlight features perspectives, research, and resources related to building evidence in STEM education, particularly by means of replication. While NSF and the DRK-12 portfolio traditionally focus on the early stages in the research cycle (i.e., exploratory, design and development), there has been increasing attention to and funding of studies that build evidence of the efficacy and...
Posted: Wednesday, July 22
Project | Implementation and Efficacy Study of Preschool Math Activities for Numeracy
This project explores how teachers can use activities with young children to develop their knowledge of numbers and patterns. Part of the study examines how much guidance teachers should provide to students. The project also explores the design of resources that are the most likely to be used by preschool teachers and that can be easily incorporated into their teaching of young children.
Posted: Friday, July 17
Organization | Wesleyan University
Posted: Friday, July 17
Project | Exploring COVID and the Effects on U.S. Education: Evidence from a National Survey of American Households
This study aims to understand parents' perspectives on the educational impacts of COVID-19 by leveraging a nationally representative, longitudinal study, the Understanding America Study (UAS). The study will track educational experiences during the summer of 2020 and into the 2020-21 school year and analyze outcomes overall and for key demographic groups of interest.
Posted: Friday, July 17
Project | Enhancing Rational Number Instruction for Students with Math Disabilities and Difficulties: Designing Professional Development for Teachers Who Provide Math Intervention
The project will develop and study a professional development program focused on fraction for interventionists who work with grades four and five students with mathematics disabilities and difficulties.
Posted: Friday, July 17

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