Environmental Science

Toward Youth Participatory Science: In Search of Science (Education) for the People

Frausto, A., Morales-Doyle, D., Fitch, A., Hatch, S., & Nagy, K. (2019, April). Toward Youth Participatory Science: In Search of Science (Education) for the People. Presentation at the annual international conference of NARST, Baltimore, MD.

Author/Presenter: 
Alejandra Frausto
Daniel Morales-Doyle
Alanah Fitch
Shelby Hatch
Kathryn Nagy
Year: 
2019
Short Description: 
These slides were presented at the 2019 Annual International Conference of NARST in Baltimore, MD.
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Science Curriculum from the Grassroots

Morales-Doyle, D., Frausto, A., Childress Price, T., Chappell, M., & Hatch, S. (2019, April). Science curriculum from the grassroots. Presentation at the annual conference of the National Science Teachers Association, St. Louis, Missouri.

Author/Presenter: 
Mindy Chappell
Tiffany Childress Price
Alejandra Frausto
Shelby Hatch
Daniel Morales-Doyle
Year: 
2019
Short Description: 
These slides were presented at the 2019 Annual Conference of the National Science Teachers Association, St. Louis, Missouri.

Beyond PCK: Science Teachers Building Critical Historical Knowledge for Environmental Justice

Morales-Doyle, D., Frausto, A., Chappell, M.J., Childress-Price, T.L., Collins, D.A., Levingston, A., Aguilera, A., Canales, K., & Herrera, E. (2019, April). Beyond PCK: Science Teachers Building Critical Historical Knowledge for Environmental Justice. Presentation at the annual international conference of NARST, Baltimore, MD.

Author/Presenter: 
Daniel Morales-Doyle
Mindy Chappell
Tiffany Childress-Price
Alejandra Frausto
Darrin Collins
Adilene Aguilera
Karen Canales
Elizabeth Herrera
Amy Levingston
Year: 
2019
Short Description: 
These slides were presented at the 2019 Annual International Conference of NARST in Baltimore, MD.

Impact of Model‐based Science Curriculum and Instruction on Elementary Students' Explanations for the Hydrosphere

Developing scientific literacy about water systems is critical for K‐12 students.

Author/Presenter: 
Ben Baumfalk
Devarati Bhattacharya
Tina Vo
Cory Forbes
Laura Zangori
Christina Schwarz
Year: 
2018
Short Description: 
Scientific modeling affords opportunities for students to develop representations, make their ideas visible, and generate model‐based explanations for complex natural systems like the water cycle. This study describes a comprehensive evaluation of a 5‐year, design‐based research project focused on the development, implementation, revision, and testing of an enhanced, model‐centered version of the Full Option Science System (FOSS) Water (2005) unit in third grade classrooms.

Graphing Research on Inquiry with Data in Science (GRIDS) Curricular Units

Three middle school science curricular units on the topics of genetics, ocean biodiversity & discourse, and solar ovens & design critiques:
Author/Presenter: 
GRIDS
Year: 
2017
Short Description: 
Three middle school science curricular units on the topics of genetics, ocean biodiversity & discourse, and solar ovens & design critiques.
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Scientific Modeling across the K–12 Continuum: Alignment between Theoretical Foundations and Classroom Interventions

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Day: 
Thu

Explore methods and challenges associated with supporting and evaluating scientific modeling in K–12 classrooms in this structured poster session.

Date/Time: 
2:15 pm to 3:45 pm
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In this interactive panel symposium, presenters will draw from a set of active DR K-12 projects to explore a diverse array of resources, models, and tools (RMTs) designed to operationalize varying perspectives on scientific modeling in elementary, middle, and secondary classrooms across disciplinary domains.

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Earth Educators’ Rendezvous

Event Date: 
Mon, 07/18/2016 - 8:00am to Fri, 07/22/2016 - 4:00pm

Overview: Join us for the second annual Earth Educators' Rendezvous. Last year's inaugural event brought together researchers and practitioners working in all aspects of undergraduate Earth education. This year we will be expanding our audience to welcome a mix of college faculty, graduate students, and K-12 teachers from all disciplines who are interested in improving their teaching about Earth. Read more

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Exploring Ecosystems from the Inside: How Immersive Multi-user Virtual Environments Can Support Development of Epistemologically Grounded Modeling Practices in Ecosystem Science Instruction

Recent reform efforts and the next generation science standards emphasize the importance of incorporating authentic scientific practices into science instruction. Modeling can be a particularly challenging practice to address because modeling occurs within a socially structured system of representation that is specific to a domain. Further, in the process of modeling, experts interact deeply with domain-specific content knowledge and integrate modeling with other scientific practices in service of a larger investigation.

Author/Presenter: 
Amy M. Kamarainen
Shari Metcalf
Tina Grotzer
Chris Dede
Year: 
2015

Turning Transfer Inside Out: The Affordances of Virtual Worlds and Mobile Devices in Real World Contexts for Teaching About Causality Across Time and Distance in Ecosystems

Reasoning about ecosystems includes consideration of causality over temporal and spatial distances; yet learners typically focus on immediate time frames and local contexts. Teaching students to reason beyond these boundaries has met with some success based upon tests that cue students to the types of reasoning required. Virtual worlds offer an opportunity to assess what students actually do in a simulated context. Beyond this, mobile devices make it possible to scaffold and assess learning in the real world.

Author/Presenter: 
Tina A. Grotzer
Megan M. Powell
Katarzyna M. Derbiszewska
Caroline J. Courter
Amy M. Kamarainen
Shari J. Metcalf
Christopher J. Dede
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Year: 
2015
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Using Immersive Virtual Worlds to Support Learning of Ecosystems Science and Complex Causality

Day: 
Wed

This session seeks feedback on hands-on experiences for learning causal dynamics through collaborative inquiry activities in an immersive virtual ecosystem, including exploring potential opportunities for expanding the curriculum.

Date/Time: 
9:45 am to 11:45 am
2014 Session Types: 
Feedback Session (Work in Post-development)

EcoMUVE (ecomuve.gse.harvard.edu) is a middle school science curriculum in which students explore an immersive virtual ecosystem and learn its causal dynamics through collaborative inquiry activities. In one experience, students explore a virtual pond and its biodiversity, traveling in time to see changes over the course of a virtual summer. They discover a fish kill and are tasked with figuring out why it happened. In another experience, students explore population dynamics and predator-prey relationships over 50 years in a virtual forest.

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