Nancy Songer

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Distinguished University Professor
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Dr. Nancy Butler Songer is a Distinguished University Professor and Professor of Science Education at Drexel University. During 2019-2020, Songer is a Fulbright Scholar with the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communication in Brazil. Songer is an International scholar with over twenty-five years of research and development in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education and Policy in the United States, Egypt, Brazil and Turkmenistan. Her research promotes pre-college student's higher-order thinking in science, evaluates simple technologies used as cognitive tools, and develops assessments for evidence of complex reasoning in science. Songer was co-chair of the National Academy of Science Committee that resulted in the consensus report, Science and Engineering for Grades 6-12: Investigation and Design at the Center. Songer is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and received a National Science Foundation Presidential Faculty Fellowship from President Bill Clinton. Songer holds a Ph.D. in Science Education from the University of California, Berkeley, a Masters from Tufts University and a B.S. from the University of California, Davis.
Drexel University
07/01/2019

This project addresses a gap between vision and implementation of state science standards by designing a coordinated suite of instructional, assessment and teacher professional learning materials that attempt to enact the vision behind the Next Generation Science Standards. The study focuses on using state-of-the-art technology to create an 8-week long, immersive, life science field experience organized around three investigations.

University of Michigan (UM)
08/01/2009

This project draws from the expertise of a fully collaborative educator-scientist team to create learning progressions, curricular units and assessment instruments towards large scale research on the teaching and learning of climate change and impacts by 7-12th graders in primarily under-resourced schools. Products include eight week curricular units, IPCC-compliant simplified future scenarios, an online interface with guided predictive distribution modeling, and research results.