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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...
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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
Organization | RG Research Group
Posted: Friday, July 17
Project | Incorporating Professional Science Writing into High School STEM Research Projects
The goal of this project is to expand high school student participation in the peer-review process and in publishing in JEI, a science journal dedicated to mentoring pre-college students through peer-reviewed publication. By publishing pre-college research in an open access website, the project will build understanding of how engaging in these activities can change high school students'...
Posted: Friday, July 17
Organization | Emory University
Posted: Friday, July 17
Project | From Access to Sustainability: Investigating Ways to Foster Sustainable Use of Computational Modeling in K-12 Science Classrooms
This project investigates how to support sustained engagement in computational modeling in middle school classrooms in two ways: 1) Design and develop an accessible modeling toolkit and accompanying thematically linked curricular units; and, 2) Examine how this toolkit and curriculum enable students to become sophisticated modelers and integrate modeling with other scientific practices such as...
Posted: Friday, July 17
Project | Assessing College-Ready Computational Thinking (Collaborative Research: Brown)
The goal of this project is to develop learning progressions and assessment items targeting computational thinking. The items will be used for a test of college-ready critical reasoning skills and will be integrated into an existing online assessment system, the Berkeley Assessment System Software.
Posted: Friday, July 17
Project | Assessing College-Ready Computational Thinking (Collaborative Research: Wilson)
The goal of this project is to develop learning progressions and assessment items targeting computational thinking. The items will be used for a test of college-ready critical reasoning skills and will be integrated into an existing online assessment system, the Berkeley Assessment System Software.
Posted: Friday, July 17
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Project | Creating a Model for Sustainable Ambitious Mathematics Programs in High-Need Settings: A Researcher-Practitioner Collaboration
This project will study a successful, ambitious mathematics reform effort in high-needs secondary schools. The goal is to develop resources and tools to support other high-needs schools and districts in transforming and sustaining  their mathematics programs. The model focuses on the resources required for change and the aspects of the organization that support or constrain change in mathematics...
Posted: Friday, July 17
Early Career News | The Role of Mentor Teacher–Mediated Experiences for Preservice Teachers
Hosun Kang (CAREER Awardee) published this Journal of Teacher Education article.
Posted: Friday, July 10
Early Career News | Addressing Underrepresentation of Young Women of Color in Engineering and Computing through the Lens of Sociocultural Theory
Margaret Eisenhart and Carrie D. Allen (2014-15 CADRE Fellow) co-authored this article for Cultural Studies of Science Education.
Posted: Friday, July 10
Early Career News | The Re-Novicing of Elementary Teachers in Science? Grade Level Reassignment and Teacher PCK
Deborah L. Hanuscin, Zandra de Araujo, Dante Cisterna, Kelsey Lipsitz (2016-17 CADRE Fellow), and Delinda van Garderen published this article in the Journal of Science Teacher Education.
Posted: Friday, July 10
Early Career News | Impact of Cooney, Shealy, and Arvold’s (1998) Belief Structures: A Literature Review and Citation Analysis
Carlos Nicolas Gomez (CAREER Awardee; 2014-15 CADRE Fellow) published this article in the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education with co-author AnnaMarie Conner (CAREER Awardee).
Posted: Friday, July 10

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