Professional Development

“This is Really Frying My Brain!”: How Affect Supports Inquiry in an Online Learning Environment

Jaber, L. Z., Hufnagel, E., & Radoff, J. (2019). “This is Really Frying My Brain!”: How Affect Supports Inquiry in an Online Learning Environment. Research in Science Education.

Author/Presenter: 
Lama Z. Jaber
Elizabeth Hufnagel
Jennifer Radoff
Year: 
2019
Short Description: 
This article discusses supporting inquiry in an online learning environment.

Toward a theoretical structure to characterize early probabilistic thinking

The role of probability in curricula for children has fluctuated greatly over the past several decades. Recently, some countries have removed probability from their preschool and primary curricula, and others have retained it. One reason for such lack of agreement is that theory about early probability learning is still relatively new and under development. The purpose of this report is to sketch a tentative theoretical structure with the potential to anchor curricular decisions and inform further research on early probability learning.

Author/Presenter: 
Randall E. Groth
Jathan W. Austin
Madeline Naumann
Megan Rickards
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2019
Short Description: 
The purpose of this report is to sketch a tentative theoretical structure with the potential to anchor curricular decisions and inform further research on early probability learning.

Epistemological framing and novice elementary teachers' approaches to learning and teaching engineering design

As engineering learning experiences increasingly begin in elementary school, elementary teacher preparation programs are an important site for the study of teacher development in engineering education. In this article, we argue that the stances that novice teachers adopt toward engineering learning and knowledge are consequential for the opportunities they create for students.

Author/Presenter: 
Kristen B. Wendell
Jessica E. S. Swenson
Tejaswini S. Dalvi
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2019
Short Description: 
In this article, authors present a comparative case study examining the epistemological framing dynamics of two novice urban teachers and argue that the stances that novice teachers adopt toward engineering learning and knowledge are consequential for the opportunities they create for students.

Understanding Science and Language Connections: New Approaches to Assessment with Bilingual Learners

We report on the use of bilingual constructed response science assessments in the context of a research and development partnership with secondary school science teachers. Given the power that assessments have in today’s education systems, our project provided a series of workshops for teachers where they explored students’ emergent reform-oriented science meaning-making in our project-designed assessments.

Author/Presenter: 
Cory Buxton
Ruth Harman
Lourdes Cardozo-Gaibisso
Lei Jiang
Khanh Bui
Martha Allexsaht-Snider
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2019
Short Description: 
Authors report on the use of bilingual constructed response science assessments in the context of a research and development partnership with secondary school science teachers.

Simulations as a Tool for Practicing Questioning

In this chapter we discuss some of the affordances and constraints of using online teaching simulations to support reflection on specific pedagogical actions. We share data from a research project in which we implemented multiple iterations of a set of simulated teaching experiences in an elementary mathematics methods course. In each experience, preservice teachers contrasted the consequences of different pedagogical choices in response to a particular example of student thinking.

Author/Presenter: 
Corey Webel
Kimberly Conner
Wenmin Zhao
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2018
Short Description: 
Authors discuss some of the affordances and constraints of using online teaching simulations to support reflection on specific pedagogical actions.

Guiding collaborative revision of science explanations

This paper illustrates how the combination of teacher and computer guidance can strengthen collaborative revision and identifies opportunities for teacher guidance in a computer-supported collaborative learning environment. We took advantage of natural language processing tools embedded in an online, collaborative environment to automatically score student responses using human-designed knowledge integration rubrics. We used the automated explanation scores to assign adaptive guidance to the students and to provide real-time information to the teacher on students’ learning.

Author/Presenter: 
Libby Gerard
Ady Kidron
Marcia C. Linn
Year: 
2019
Short Description: 
This paper illustrates how the combination of teacher and computer guidance can strengthen collaborative revision and identifies opportunities for teacher guidance in a computer-supported collaborative learning environment.

Scaling up innovative learning in mathematics: exploring the effect of different professional development approaches on teacher knowledge, beliefs, and instructional practice

Professional learning experiences (PLEs) provide teachers with opportunities to improve their understanding of mathematics content and teaching practices. However, PLEs are often conducted in person and in small groups—hence costly and localized. The purpose of the current study was to explore different ways for teachers to engage in PLEs and how these approaches might enable the field to scale up these efforts in a sustainable manner.

Author/Presenter: 
Daniel J. Heck
Courtney L. Plumley
Despina A. Stylianou
Adrienne A. Smith
Gwendolyn Moffett
Year: 
2019
Short Description: 
The purpose of the current study was to explore different ways for teachers to engage in Professional learning experiences (PLEs) and how these approaches might enable the field to scale up these efforts in a sustainable manner.
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Publication

The Impact of Multimedia Educative Curriculum Materials (MECMs) on Teachers' Beliefs about Scientific Argumentation

Recent reform efforts in science education include a focus on science practices. Teachers require support in integrating these practices into instruction. Multimedia educative curriculum materials (MECMs), digital materials explicitly designed to support teacher learning, offer one potential resource for this critical need. Consequently, the authors investigated how teachers used MECMs and whether that use impacted their beliefs about the practice of scientific argumentation. They conducted a randomised experimental study with 90 middle school science teachers in the USA.

Author/Presenter: 
Suzanna Loper
Katherine L. McNeill
María González-Howard
Lisa M. Marco-Bujosa
Laura M. O’Dwyer
Year: 
2019
Short Description: 
Authors discuss how teachers used MECMs and whether that use impacted their beliefs about the practice of scientific argumentation.

Integrating a Space for Teacher Interaction into an Educative Curriculum: Design Principles and Teachers' Use of the iPlan Tool

Implementation of reform curricula requires teachers to adopt new approaches to teaching. Research has provided promising results about the influence of educative curriculum on teachers’ learning and instruction. However, this approach generally focuses on teachers as isolated learners. Using a design-based research approach, the authors developed a web-based tool, iPlan, which provides access to educative curriculum materials in an online interactive learning platform.

Author/Presenter: 
Miray Tekkumru-Kisa
Christian Schunn
Year: 
2019
Short Description: 
Authors describe the design principles of iPlan, a web-based tool provides access to educative curriculum materials in an online interactive learning platform, and discuss implications for designing educative and online systems for teacher learning.

The Impacts of a Research-Based Model for Mentoring Elementary Preservice Teachers in Science

This article focuses on the impacts of a program designed to prepare elementary classroom teachers to mentor preservice teachers for effective science instruction. The mentor preparation program was grounded in research on effective science instruction and learning-focused mentoring.

Author/Presenter: 
Matthew Miller
Daniel Hanley
Joseph Brobst
Year: 
2019
Short Description: 
This article focuses on the impacts of a program designed to prepare elementary classroom teachers to mentor preservice teachers for effective science instruction.

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