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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
Event | CAISE: Research + Practice Partnership Workshop; Washington, DC
This workshop will help you design a PES project or proposal with impact while building research-based evidence through an emerging approach called research-practice partnerships. The workshop will led be by the Research + Practice Collaboratory and the Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE).  Travel support is available for teams of three to four participants: a lead...
Posted: Thursday, June 22
Event | STELAR Webinar: NSF 2017 ITEST Program Solicitation
STELAR will host an informative session on the recently released Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) Program Solicitation (NSF 17-565) with National Science Foundation Program Officers David Haury and Robert Russell. During the webinar program officers will provide information about the program, review revisions, and provide answers to participants' questions....
Posted: Thursday, June 22
Resource | Non-Academic Organizations List
This non-exhaustive list provides details about non-academic organizations in the field of STEM education research and development. It was developed by Fellows as part of the CADRE Fellows Program.
Posted: Tuesday, June 20
Resource | Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunities and Resources
This non-exhaustive list provides details about postdoc opportunities and related resources in the field of STEM education research and development. It was developed by Fellows as part of the CADRE Fellows Program.
Posted: Tuesday, June 20
Poster | AERA 2017 Poster: Teaching and Learning Algebraic Thinking Across the Middle Grades Using PhET Interactive Simulations
Click image to see poster. Abstract Objectives: This project aims to develop an integration of resources, models, and tools that overcome the tendency for superficial use of computer simulations and enable more mathematics teachers to: (1) Truly leverage the affordances of simulations, (2) Integrate them into their core instruction, and (3) Create learning environments aligned with research-based...
Posted: Monday, June 19
Event | Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Full Proposal Deadline
Learn more at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5464&org=DRL&sel_org=DR...
Posted: Friday, June 16
Event | Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) Full Proposal Deadline
Learn more at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5467&org=DRL&sel_org=DR... Visit http://stelar.edc.org for additional resources.
Posted: Friday, June 16
Event | Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Full Proposal Deadline
Learn more at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=6201&org=DRL&sel_org=DR...
Posted: Friday, June 16
Announcement | Seeds of STEM Postdoc Opportunity
The Worcester Polytechnic Institute has an opening for a postdoctoral fellow in science/STEM/early childhood education to take part in the research and dissemination activities of the Seeds of STEM research project at the Center for STEM Teaching. Learn more and apply at https://careers.wpi.edu/postings/4581.  
Posted: Friday, June 16
Event | ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers Full Proposal Deadline
Learn more at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5383&org=DRL&sel_org=DR...
Posted: Friday, June 16
Event | Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers Program (IUCRC) Full Proposal Deadline
Learn more at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5501&org=DRL&sel_org=DR...
Posted: Friday, June 16
Event | Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers Program (IUCRC) Preliminary Proposal Deadline
Learn more at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5501&org=DRL&sel_org=DR...
Posted: Friday, June 16
Event | Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers Program (IUCRC) Preliminary Proposal Deadline
Learn more at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5501&org=DRL&sel_org=DR...
Posted: Friday, June 16
Event | Webinar on NSF Opportunities: Broadening Participation in STEM
This upcoming webinar on Thursday, June 22, 12:30-3 pm ET, will highlight upcoming funding opportunities within the National Science Foundation Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) that are aimed at broadening participation in STEM.  View the full invitation REGISTER
Posted: Friday, June 16
Announcement | Webinar on NSF Opportunities: Broadening Participation in STEM
This upcoming webinar on Thursday, June 22, 12:30-3 pm ET, will highlight upcoming funding opportunities within the National Science Foundation Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) that are aimed at broadening participation in STEM.  View the full invitation REGISTER
Posted: Tuesday, June 13
Poster | AERA 2017 Poster: Types of and Purposes for Elementary Mathematical Writing: Task Force Recommendations
Click image to see poster. Abstract Purpose and Perspective: Communication is emphasized as a crucial component of mathematical learning, and mathematical writing has the potential to positively influence student achievement and understanding in mathematics (Kostos & Shin, 2010). Despite this, descriptions of the types of mathematical writing that would support teachers’ and students’...
Posted: Monday, June 12
Project Spotlight | STEM Practices: Scientific Modeling
WHAT IS SCIENTIFIC MODELING?  Featuring: Dan Damelin (Concord Consortium), Brian Reiser (Northwestern University), and Cory Forbes (University of Nebraska-Lincoln). The National Research Council's A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas (2012) identifies modeling as an important practice too often "underemphasized in the context of science...
Posted: Friday, May 19
Poster | AERA 2017 Poster: Zooming In on K–8 Preservice Teachers' Knowledge of Mathematical Argumentation and Proving
Click image to see poster. Abstract Objectives: Using the lens of four indicators that collectively contribute to the strength and coherence of mathematical arguments (Sampson, Grooms, & Walker, 2011) we examined and compared the strength of mathematical arguments pre-service teachers (PSTs) generate and the strength of their interpretative arguments in which they make sense of, evaluate, and...
Posted: Thursday, May 18
Poster | AERA 2017 Poster: Using Math Pathways and Pitfalls to Promote Algebra Readiness
Click image to see poster. Abstract The Using Math Pathways & Pitfalls to Promote Algebra Readiness project aims to create and test student activities and professional development that specifically target key misconceptions that are barriers to algebra readiness. The three goals of the project are to 1) develop an MPP book and companion materials dedicated to algebra readiness content and...
Posted: Thursday, May 18
Poster | AERA 2017 Poster: Unit Coordination and Partitioning Activity of One Child With Mathematics Learning Disability: A Case Study
Click image to see poster. Abstract Purpose: A continued instructional focus on the development of conceptual understanding of fractions as quantities for children with mathematics learning disabilities (MLD) is critical. We investigated “What ways of partitioning and unit coordinating does a fifth grade child with MLD display in equal sharing tasks? “ Perspectives: Current special education...
Posted: Thursday, May 18
Poster | AERA 2017 Poster: Teacher Learning in a Combined Professional Development Program
Click image to see poster. Abstract We examine whether teacher participation in a professional development program that combined Lesson Study with discussions of videos and animations increased teacher noticing of students’ prior knowledge. Four questions guide our inquiry in relation to changes over time in teachers’ video club discussions: 1. What topics do teachers discuss? 2. How does...
Posted: Thursday, May 18
Poster | AERA 2017 Poster: Putting Research on Learning Trajectories to Work for Middle-Grades Mathematics
Click image to see poster. Abstract Mathematics teachers face two significant challenges: the first is managing the diversity of preparation in classrooms and the second is how to achieve a coherent curriculum when assembling it from open educational resources. MathMapper 6-8 is a digital tool to assist in addressing both, consisting of: 1) a learning map hierarchically structured around nine big...
Posted: Thursday, May 18
Poster | AERA 2017 Poster: Evaluating the Developing Mathematical Ideas Professional Development Program
Click image to see poster. Abstract Objectives: This NSF-funded (DRL-1019769) experimental and quasi-experimental efficacy study of teacher participation in the Developing Mathematical Ideas (DMI) elementary math professional development (PD) program (Schifter, Bastable, & Russell, 1999-2008), focuses on its impact on teacher knowledge, teaching practice, and student achievement. Working with...
Posted: Thursday, May 18

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