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Project | Mobilizing Teachers to Increase Capacity and Broaden Women's Participation in Physics (Collaborative Research: Hazari)
This project assesses the impact of scaling-up the teaching of physics and engineering to women students in grade levels 11 and 12, particularly in reference to retention. The aim is to mobilize high school physics teachers to "attract and recruit" female students into physics and engineering careers. The project will advance physics identity research by testing research-based approaches/...
Posted: Thursday, June 29
Project | Mobilizing Teachers to Increase Capacity and Broaden Women's Participation in Physics (Collaborative Research: Lock)
This project assesses the impact of scaling-up the teaching of physics and engineering to women students in grade levels 11 and 12, particularly in reference to retention. The aim is to mobilize high school physics teachers to "attract and recruit" female students into physics and engineering careers. The project will advance physics identity research by testing research-based approaches/...
Posted: Thursday, June 29
Project | Mobilizing Teachers to Increase Capacity and Broaden Women's Participation in Physics (Collaborative Research: Vieyra)
This project assesses the impact of scaling-up the teaching of physics and engineering to women students in grade levels 11 and 12, particularly in reference to retention. The aim is to mobilize high school physics teachers to "attract and recruit" female students into physics and engineering careers. The project will advance physics identity research by testing research-based approaches/...
Posted: Thursday, June 29
Project | Youth Participatory Science to Address Urban Heavy Metal Contamination
This project is focused on the work and learning of teachers as they engage youth from underrepresented groups in studying chemistry as a subject relevant to heavy metal contamination in their neighborhoods. The project will position Chicago teachers and students as Change Makers who are capable of addressing the crises of inequity in science education and environmental contamination that matter...
Posted: Thursday, June 29
Project | High School Students' Climate Literacy Through Epistemology of Scientific Modeling (Collaborative Research: Forbes)
This project will focus on learning about model based reasoning in science, and will develop, implement, study, and refine a 6-week climate science module for high school students. The module will feature use of a web-based climate modeling application, and the project team will collect and analyze evidence of model-based reasoning about climate phenomena among students.
Posted: Thursday, June 29
Project | Mobilizing Teachers to Increase Capacity and Broaden Women's Participation in Physics (Collaborative Research: Hodapp)
This project assesses the impact of scaling-up the teaching of physics and engineering to women students in grade levels 11 and 12, particularly in reference to retention. The aim is to mobilize high school physics teachers to "attract and recruit" female students into physics and engineering careers. The project will advance physics identity research by testing research-based approaches/...
Posted: Thursday, June 29
Project | Designing a Middle Grades Spatial Skills Curriculum
This project will create a portable training system that can be easily deployed in middle grades (5th-7th grade) as a prototype for increasing students' spatial reasoning skills. The project will study gender differences in spatial reasoning and examine how learning experiences can be designed to develop spatial skills using Minecraft as a platform.
Posted: Thursday, June 29
Project | Investigating Productive Use of High-Leverage Student Mathematical Thinking (Collaborative Research: Van Zoest)
This project focuses on the teaching practice of building on student thinking, a practice in which teachers engage students in making sense of their peers' mathematical ideas in ways that help the whole class move forward in their mathematical understanding. The study examines how teachers incorporate this practice into mathematics discussions in secondary classrooms by designing tasks that...
Posted: Thursday, June 29
Project | Learning Through Collaborative Design: Professional Development to Foster Productive Epistemic Discourse in Science
This project will investigate the role of collaborative design in supporting teachers' professional growth around productive epistemic discourse in high school science classrooms. The project will examine an activity that is often used for the generation of curricular materials, collaborative design, and explore its promise in fostering biology teachers' professional growth as part of a larger...
Posted: Thursday, June 29
Project | Schoolyard Scientists: An Investigation of Impacts Associated with Urban Youth Engagement in Participatory Scientific Research Activities
This project is significant because it uses the community for learning science of the environment, in an approach called Citizen Science or Participatory Science Research (PSR). The project will target learning outcomes for underrepresented middle and high school students in the urban and diverse East San Francisco Bay Area, and will refine a theory of learning that makes more explicit the...
Posted: Thursday, June 29
Project | Learning in Places: Field Based Science in Early Childhood Education
This project aims to develop an innovative field-based science learning approach that will support the capacity of culturally diverse students in Grades K-3 to engage in complex ecological reasoning and related problem solving. To provide rich learning environments, outdoor learning gardens will be created in which students, teachers, garden educators, and families participate in activities that...
Posted: Thursday, June 29
Project | Investigating Productive Use of High-Leverage Student Mathematical Thinking Collaborative Research: Stockero)
This project focuses on the teaching practice of building on student thinking, a practice in which teachers engage students in making sense of their peers' mathematical ideas in ways that help the whole class move forward in their mathematical understanding. The study examines how teachers incorporate this practice into mathematics discussions in secondary classrooms by designing tasks that...
Posted: Thursday, June 29
Project | Video in the Middle: Flexible Digital Experiences for Mathematics Teacher Education
This work focuses on a practical problem in mathematics education; supporting teacher professional development for algebra teaching. The project will design and develop a web-based form of professional development and teacher education for learning and teaching algebra in middle school.
Posted: Thursday, June 29
Project | Investigating Productive Use of High-Leverage Student Mathematical Thinking (Collaborative Research: Peterson)
This project focuses on the teaching practice of building on student thinking, a practice in which teachers engage students in making sense of their peers' mathematical ideas in ways that help the whole class move forward in their mathematical understanding. The study examines how teachers incorporate this practice into mathematics discussions in secondary classrooms by designing tasks that...
Posted: Thursday, June 29
Project | Building a Grades K-2 Early Algebra Learning Progression Prototype for Diverse Populations
This study will design a curricular framework for developing children's algebraic thinking across Grades K-2, with a particular focus on understanding how to support the teaching and learning of algebra with students in at-risk settings.
Posted: Thursday, June 29
Project | High School Students' Climate Literacy Through Epistemology of Scientific Modeling (Collaborative Research: Chandler)
This project will focus on learning about model based reasoning in science, and will develop, implement, study, and refine a 6-week climate science module for high school students. The module will feature use of a web-based climate modeling application, and the project team will collect and analyze evidence of model-based reasoning about climate phenomena among students.
Posted: Thursday, June 29
Project | Mathematics Immersion for Secondary Teachers at Scale (Collaborative Research: Cuoco)
The goal of this project will be to provide the field with a cost-effective model for intense content-based professional development in ways that have not been possible before, except through costly face-to-face models, by creating and testing design principles for blended online courses. Team members will design, implement, and research the effects of a professional development immersion...
Posted: Thursday, June 29
Project | Mathematics Immersion for Secondary Teachers at Scale (Collaborative Research: Heck)
The goal of this project will be to provide the field with a cost-effective model for intense content-based professional development in ways that have not been possible before, except through costly face-to-face models, by creating and testing design principles for blended online courses. Team members will design, implement, and research the effects of a professional development immersion...
Posted: Thursday, June 29
Newsletter | Spring/Summer 2017 Newsletter
Dear Colleagues,   This newsletter highlights the work of DRK-12 projects, particularly those developing products for the practice of scientific modeling and several mathematics projects featured in an AERA session organized by CADRE. Thank you to the awardees who contributed to these efforts to spread the word about what we are learning and producing through DR K-12 projects.   Congratulations...
Posted: Thursday, June 29
Announcement | NSF's Upcoming Move
Between August 24 and Oct 1, NSF headquarters will be moved to Alexandria, VA. Note that during the move, responses from your program officers may be slower than usual.  NSF’s Data Center will be physically moved to the new location on June 30 at 8pm EST through July 4 at 6pm EST, and NSF's Data Center, NSF.gov, FastLane, and Research.gov will be unavailable. Please note this means that...
Posted: Thursday, June 29
Resource | Tips for Developing NSF Proposals
This tip sheet is one of a series developed for early career STEM education researchers. It offers tips for writing NSF proposals. 
Posted: Wednesday, June 28
Resource | Advancing Mathematics Education Through NSF's DR K-12 Program
Students need basic mathematics to fully participate in and contribute to society throughout their lives; however, many of them are not developing the knowledge, skills, and confidence they need. The National Science Foundation’s DR K-12 projects are developing, implementing, and/or studying resources, models, and technologies for teacher and student learning that have the potential to expand our...
Posted: Tuesday, June 27
Resource | MoDeLS: Would you drink the liquid that came from this dirty water? A 5th grade unit on evaporation and condensation investigating the phenomenon of a solar still
A curriculum unit developed through a collaboration between Michigan State University, Northwestern University, the University of Michigan, Wright State University and 5th grade teachers from Kinawa 5th-6th public school that enables students to develop and revise models for how water moves (evaporation and condensation) in a solar still. Curriculum Materials: Evaporation and Condensation in a...
Posted: Friday, June 23
Resource | Developing and Using Models
When it’s time for a game change, you need a guide to the new rules. Helping Students Make Sense of the World Using Next Generation Science and Engineering Practices provides a play-by-play understanding of the practices strand of A Framework for K–12 Science Education (Framework) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Written in clear, nontechnical language, this book provides a...
Posted: Friday, June 23
Resource | Hands-on small group vs. whole class use of an interactive simulation: Qualitative comparisons
Assumptions about the superiority of hands-on use of computer simulations over projecting them in whole class have seldom been tested. Contrary to expectations, preliminary pre-post results from two lesson sequences yielded no evidence for an advantage for students in the hands-on condition. We conduct qualitative analyses of one of the lesson sequences, in which a popular simulation was used in...
Posted: Friday, June 23
Resource | Generating, evaluating, and modifying scientific models using projected computer simulations
Price, N., & Clement, J. J. (2014). Generating, evaluating, and modifying scientific models using projected computer simulations. Science Scope, 38(2), 39-46. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org/stable/43184784
Posted: Friday, June 23
Resource | Co-Constructing Models in High School Physics: Comparing Degrees of Teacher and Student Participation in Whole Class Discussions
In this study, we analyzed the participation of teachers and students during their co-construction of explanatory models for concepts in circuit electricity in two high school physics classes. While students in both teachers’ classes experienced comparable levels of impressive pre to post-instructional test gain differences over controls, analysis of class discussions showed that considerable...
Posted: Friday, June 23
Resource | Identifying Teaching Strategies that Support Thinking with Imagery During Model-Based Discussions
This study investigates strategies teachers use to support mental imagery during model-based science class discussions. A microanalysis of videos of classroom discussions was conducted in order to (1) identify and describe teaching strategies for supporting imagery; and (2) identify evidence that the students were engaging in the use of imagery as they constructed models and reasoned about...
Posted: Friday, June 23
Resource | Large Scale Scientific Modeling Practices that Can Influence Science Instruction at the Unit and Lesson Levels
In this study we articulate a multi-level scientific Modeling Practices Framework derived from expert studies on model based teaching strategies in classrooms and examine its usefulness in an actual classroom context. In addition, we develop vocabulary and diagrams to describe a multi level model based teaching processes. We are particularly interested in examining: (1) Is there a pattern of...
Posted: Friday, June 23
Resource | Four Levels of Scientific Modeling Practices in Expert Learning
This paper describes model construction practices used by scientifically trained experts. Our work on science experts has involved analyzing data from videotaped protocols of experts thinking aloud about unfamiliar explanation problems. These studies document the value of nonformal heuristic reasoning processes such as analogies, identification of new variables, Gedanken experiments, and the...
Posted: Friday, June 23

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