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Resource | Iterative Cognitive Interview Design to Uncover Children’s Spatial Reasoning
Cognitive interviews play an important role in articulating the intended construct of educational assessments. This paper describes the iterative development of protocols for cognitive interviews with kindergarten through second-grade children to understand how their spatial reasoning skill development aligns with intended constructs. We describe the procedures used to gather evidence of…
Posted: Tuesday, March 05
Resource | Promoting Spatial Orientation: A Math Activity for Teachers and Families
Perry, L., Kuehnert, E., & Ketterlin-Geller, L. R. (2022). Promoting spatial orientation: A math activity for teachers and families. Teaching Young Children, 15(3), 8-12.
Posted: Tuesday, March 05
Resource | Connecting Classroom Assessment with Learning Goals and Instruction Through Theories of Learning
In this report section, we discuss the importance of aligning classroom assessments with learning goals and instructional practices to both shape and evaluate students’ learning opportunities. We describe a plausible solution for improving alignment by integrating theories of learning in the design of classroom assessments. We discuss ways in which the specification of theories of learning as…
Posted: Tuesday, March 05
Resource | Designing Educative Tools for Scientific Argumentation: A Case Study of DBR Before and During the Pandemic
Design-based research is uniquely positioned to adapt instructional resources quickly to meet the needs of teachers and students. This chapter explores how researchers adapted and improved two educative tools over the course of two academic years. The educative tools were designed to support scientific argumentation through supporting students to develop task models of NGSS storyline routines.…
Posted: Friday, March 01
Resource | Scientific Communities of Practice: K–12 Outreach Model Around Organism Responses to Repeated Hurricane Disturbances
Collaboration between ecologists and learning scientists can give rise to powerful models for scientific outreach within ecology. This paper presents a process by which learning scientists and ecologists codesigned a science curriculum that invites students to join an ecological community of practice. In the Journey to El Yunque middle school science curriculum, students engage with simulation…
Posted: Friday, March 01
Resource | Chat-based Role-Play for Preservice Teachers to Practice Eliciting Students’ Arguments
In this article, we describe our implementation of an innovative approximation of practice in teacher education: chat-based role-play. In so doing, we share our collective experiences as teacher educators about how the preservice teachers (PSTs) across our four methods courses—two elementary science courses, one elementary mathematics course, and one middle school mathematics course—practiced…
Posted: Friday, March 01
Resource | National Science Foundation-Funded Research Facilitates STEM Teaching
TU professor studies avatar-based classroom simulations in three-year, $3 million NSF grant. Kirkman, R. (2022, January 11). National Science Foundation-funded research facilitates STEM teaching. Towson University.
Posted: Friday, March 01
Resource | Preservice Teachers Noticing and Positioning Students as “Knowers” in Equitable Scientific Argumentation-based Discussions
This study investigated how preservice elementary teachers' (PSTs) noticed the discourse practices they used to position students and their scientific thinking as they engaged a group of student avatars in argumentation-based simulated discussions. Using qualitative methods, 82 teaching reflections from 28 PSTs were analyzed. Findings indicate that in most reflections (66%), the PSTs were able to…
Posted: Friday, March 01
Resource | Elementary Preservice Teachers' Responsiveness While Eliciting Students' Initial Arguments and Encouraging Critique in Online Simulated Argumentation Discussions
Engaging children in argumentation-focused discussions is essential to helping them collaboratively make sense of scientific phenomena. To support this effort, teachers must listen and be responsive to students' ideas to move the discussion forward with the goal of reaching consensus. Given the complexity of this ambitious science teaching practice, in lieu of traditional field experiences,…
Posted: Friday, March 01
Resource | Why Is Engineering Design Important for All Learners?
Engineering design systematically identifies needs, wants, and problems and then devises solutions to address them. A central component of our work is guiding students in the engineered design of solutions to local environmental problems. Songer, N. B. (2023). Why is engineering design important for all learners?. Open Access Government April 2023, pp.300-301. https://doi.org/10.56367/OAG-038-…
Posted: Friday, March 01
Resource | Inspiring STEM Education Focused on Solutions
Nancy Butler Songer, from the University of Utah, makes a call for collective action to create a new curriculum focused on the design of solutions. Songer, N. B. (2023). Inspiring STEM education focused on solutions. Open Access Government July 2023, pp.322-323. https://doi.org/10.56367/OAG-039-10836
Posted: Friday, March 01
Resource | How Do We Design Curricula to Foster Innovation, Motivation and Interest in STEM Learning?
Purpose The authors designed a science and engineering curricular program that includes design features that promote student interest and motivation and examined teachers' and students' views on meaningfulness, motivation and interest. Design/methodology/approach The research approach consisted of mixed methods, including content analyses and descriptive statistics. Findings The curricular…
Posted: Friday, March 01
Resource | Youth as Essential Problem-Solvers of Our Futures
Nancy Butler Songer, Associate Provost of STEM Education at the University of Utah, discusses the importance of supporting and including young people as part of environmental decision-making teams and key problem-solvers of our futures. Songer, N. B. (2023). Youth as essential problem-solvers of our futures. Open Access Government October 2023, pp. 312-313. https://doi.org/10.56367/OAG-040-10836
Posted: Friday, March 01
Resource | Youths’ Solutions to Local Invasive Species
Educating students about real-world, issues such as local invasive species aims to encourage wider engagement with STEM. Calabrese, J. E. & Songer, N. B. (2024). Youths’ solutions to local invasive species. Open Access Government January 2024.
Posted: Friday, March 01
Resource | Developing and Using a Scalable Assessment to Measure Preservice Elementary Teachers' Ccontent Knowledge for Teaching About Matter
There is strong agreement in science teacher education of the importance of teachers' content knowledge for teaching (CKT), which includes their subject matter knowledge and their pedagogical content knowledge. However, there are limited instruments that can be easily administered and scored on a large scale to assess and study elementary science teachers' CKT. Such measures would support…
Posted: Friday, March 01
Resource | Designing Educative Curriculum Materials for Teacher Educators: Supporting Preservice Elementary Teachers’ Content Knowledge for Teaching About Matter and Its Interactions
Research on teacher educators’ professional learning has gained increasing interest within science education. Curriculum materials have been suggested as a means of supporting teacher learning for several decades but have not yet been examined as a potential tool for supporting the learning of teacher educators. In this paper, we conceptualize a set of design heuristics to guide the development…
Posted: Friday, March 01
Resource | Designing Educative Curriculum Materials for Teacher Educators: Supporting Preservice Elementary Teachers’ Content Knowledge for Teaching About Matter and Its Interactions
Research on teacher educators’ professional learning has gained increasing interest within science education. Curriculum materials have been suggested as a means of supporting teacher learning for several decades but have not yet been examined as a potential tool for supporting the learning of teacher educators. In this paper, we conceptualize a set of design heuristics to guide the development…
Posted: Friday, March 01
Resource | Engineering Connections in Culturally-Responsive Mathematical Modeling Problems
This poster presents findings from design and early implementation work of the NSF DRK-12 project which positions 6th and 7th grade students as decision makers in their own learning, integrating culturally responsive mathematical modeling problems into their regular curriculum. We take a sociocritical perspective on modeling, supporting students in using mathematics to understand their life…
Posted: Friday, March 01
Resource | Socioscientific Modeling as an Approach Towards Justice-Centred Science Pedagogy
Justice-centred science pedagogy has been suggested as an effective framework for supporting teachers in bringing in culturally relevant pedagogy to their science classrooms; however, limited instructional tools exist that introduce social dimensions of science in ways teachers feel confident navigating. In this article, we add to the justice-centred science pedagogy framework by offering tools…
Posted: Friday, March 01
Resource | Exploring System Dynamics of Complex Societal Issues Through Socio-scientific Models
Research on socio-scientific issues (SSI) has revealed that it is critical for learners to develop a systematic understanding of the underlying issue. In this paper, we explore how modeling can facilitate students’ systems thinking in the context of SSI. Building on evidence from prior research in promoting systems thinking skills through modeling in scientific contexts, we hypothesize that a…
Posted: Friday, March 01
Resource | Hearing All Voices to Promote Learning Orientation and Effective Collaboration
Liu, P., Taylor, S. Colwell-Johnson, A., Lee, A. A., McKinney, D., Harris, C. J., Linnenbrink-Garcia, L., Marchand, G. C., & Schmidt, J. A. (2023). Hearing all voices to promote learning orientation and effective collaboration. Science Scope, 46(7). https://doi.org/10.1080/08872376.2023.12315901
Posted: Wednesday, February 28
Resource | Hearing All Voices to Promote Learning Orientation and Effective Collaboration
Liu, P., Taylor, S. Colwell-Johnson, A., Lee, A. A., McKinney, D., Harris, C. J., Linnenbrink-Garcia, L., Marchand, G. C., & Schmidt, J. A. (2023). Hearing all voices to promote learning orientation and effective collaboration. Science Scope, 46(7). https://doi.org/10.1080/08872376.2023.12315901
Posted: Wednesday, February 28
Resource | Hearing All Voices to Promote Learning Orientation and Effective Collaboration
Liu, P., Taylor, S. Colwell-Johnson, A., Lee, A. A., McKinney, D., Harris, C. J., Linnenbrink-Garcia, L., Marchand, G. C., & Schmidt, J. A. (2023). Hearing all voices to promote learning orientation and effective collaboration. Science Scope, 46(7). https://doi.org/10.1080/08872376.2023.12315901
Posted: Wednesday, February 28
Resource | Moving Beyond Equity-as-Access: Expanding What Counts as Science in the Elementary Classroom
Making science accessible is an important and worthy goal, but for many students, science is inaccessible because what counts as science in the classroom is narrowly defined as what is known as western science, rooted in Europe in the 1600s and often privileging white, male-centric perspectives. In this article, we describe five examples of expanding what counts as science to help remove barriers…
Posted: Wednesday, February 28
Resource | Online Teacher Professional Learning: An Approach to Foster Personalized Pathways
Teachers tend to be lifelong learners, motivated to pursue professional learning that is meaningful to their particular needs. In 2013, Marrongelle et. al., noted “it is incumbent on the field to capitalize on emerging technologies in the design and delivery of effective professional development.” (p. 208). While the past decade has seen an increase in development of opportunities for…
Posted: Wednesday, February 28
Resource | Engagement in the InSTEP Professional Learning Platform: Developing Expertise to Teach Data and Statistics
In this study, 82 middle and high school teachers engaged with the InSTEP online professional learning platform to develop their expertise in teaching data science and statistics. We investigated teachers’ engagement within the platform, aspects of the platform that were most and least effective in building teachers’ expertise, and the extent to which teachers’ self-efficacy changed. Using mixed…
Posted: Wednesday, February 28
Resource | STEP UP: Supporting Teachers in Having Difficult Conversations
While the field of physics has become more diverse over the last few decades, it does not reflect the demographics of the population of the United States by any metric. Founded in 2017, the STEP UP program began as a partnership between the American Physical Society (APS), the American Association of Physics Teachers, Florida International University, and Texas A&M University-Commerce. The…
Posted: Wednesday, February 28
Resource | STEP UP: Supporting Teachers in Having Difficult Conversations
While the field of physics has become more diverse over the last few decades, it does not reflect the demographics of the population of the United States by any metric. Founded in 2017, the STEP UP program began as a partnership between the American Physical Society (APS), the American Association of Physics Teachers, Florida International University, and Texas A&M University-Commerce. The…
Posted: Wednesday, February 28
Resource | STEP UP: Supporting Teachers in Having Difficult Conversations
While the field of physics has become more diverse over the last few decades, it does not reflect the demographics of the population of the United States by any metric. Founded in 2017, the STEP UP program began as a partnership between the American Physical Society (APS), the American Association of Physics Teachers, Florida International University, and Texas A&M University-Commerce. The…
Posted: Wednesday, February 28
Resource | STEP UP: Supporting Teachers in Having Difficult Conversations
While the field of physics has become more diverse over the last few decades, it does not reflect the demographics of the population of the United States by any metric. Founded in 2017, the STEP UP program began as a partnership between the American Physical Society (APS), the American Association of Physics Teachers, Florida International University, and Texas A&M University-Commerce. The…
Posted: Wednesday, February 28