This project will develop a Universal Design for Learning, project-based inquiry science program that includes virtual learning environments, virtual laboratories, and digital scaffolds and supports that promote scientific learning for incarcerated youth.
About Me (Bio):
Christina Bosch is a PhD Candidate in Special Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She researches the unique conditions of education within the juvenile justice system, especially in relation to the learners with disabilities and science education targeted in the NSF DRK-12 Project RAISE. Related interests include understanding the motivation to learn science content and transferable critical thinking practices (e.g., inquiry, argumentation, creativity) among students with emotional and behavioral disabilities, using universal design for learning (UDL) and user experience design (UXD) to develop inquiry science curricula and teacher professional development, as well as employing art and technology mediated learning across the content areas. Her ultimate goal is to advance research and development that advances society towards the achievement of egalitarian civic goals, in part by improving life outcomes and joy in learning for marginalized youth. Christina also works as an instructional designer at CAST, where she also coordinated international contacts. Prior to that worked as an academic mentor for teens in Boston, and as a special education teacher at an arts-integrated and then a classics-based public charter school in Washington, DC.