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Project | Supporting Playful Learning in Elementary Mathematics Classrooms
Previous research has shown that play is an important vehicle for exploration, understanding, and learning because play involves many of the same features as sophisticated disciplinary engagement in mathematics. Despite work documenting the value of play broadly, little research has directly addressed how play could be supported or the value of doing so in mathematics classrooms. The purpose of...
Posted: Friday, July 09
Project | Using Natural Language Processing to Inform Science Instruction (Collaborative Research: Linn)
This project takes advantage of language to help students form their own ideas and pursue deeper understanding in the science classroom. The project will conduct a comprehensive research program to develop and test technology that will empower students to use their ideas as a starting point for deepening science understanding. Researchers will use a technology that detects student ideas that go...
Posted: Friday, July 09
Project | Using Natural Language Processing to Inform Science Instruction (Collaborative Research: Riordan)
This project takes advantage of language to help students form their own ideas and pursue deeper understanding in the science classroom. The project will conduct a comprehensive research program to develop and test technology that will empower students to use their ideas as a starting point for deepening science understanding. Researchers will use a technology that detects student ideas that go...
Posted: Friday, July 09
Project | DataX: Exploring Justice-Oriented Data Science with Secondary School Students
This project will develop an integrated, justice-oriented curriculum and a digital platform for teaching secondary students about data science in science and social studies classrooms. The platform will help students learn about data science using real-world data sets and problems. This interdisciplinary project will also help students meaningfully analyze real-world data sets, interpret social...
Posted: Friday, July 09
Project | A Researcher-Practitioner Partnership to Assess the Impact of COVID-19 Recession on NGSS Implementation
This project will investigate how NGSS has been implemented in California schools during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Through a state-wide survey, analysis of administrative data, interviews and case studies, this project will assess the impact of COVID-19 on NGSS implementation on a large scale, and more importantly, the extent to which high minority, high-poverty districts are...
Posted: Friday, July 09
Posted: Friday, July 09
Project | Developing the Pedagogical Skills and Science Expertise of Teachers in Underserved Rural Settings
The project will develop and research an innovative model for rural science teacher professional development via technology-mediated lesson study (TMLS). This approach supports translating professional learning into classroom practice by developing a technology-based, social support system among rural teachers.
Posted: Thursday, July 08
Project | COVID Connects Us: Nurturing Novice Teachers’ Justice Science Teaching Identities
In COVID Connects Us, the project team investigates the challenges of learning how to support justice-centered ambitious science teaching (JuST). The project team will partner with networks of secondary science teachers as they first implement a common unit aimed at engaging youth in science and engineering practices in ways that are culturally sustaining, focused on explanation-construction and...
Posted: Thursday, July 08
Project | Bilingualtek: An Integrated Science-Language Approach for Latinx Preschoolers
This project seeks to foster the science achievement of Latinx preschoolers by confronting current barriers that impact their STEM education through an integrated science-language instructional approach for preschool classrooms. The project will use everyday science experiences to engage Latinx preschoolers in learning the practices of scientists, including the practices of obtaining information...
Posted: Thursday, July 08
Project | Culturally Responsive, Affective-Focused Teaching of Science and Mathematics
This project will provide a field-based science and mathematics teacher education program that supports teaching focused on students’ affective development through culturally responsive practices. The project's teacher education program takes place over a two-year period and models how culturally responsive and affective instruction can occur in the STEM classroom to engage students.
Posted: Thursday, July 08
Project | Mapping, Clarifying, and Communicating Key Ideas about Collaborative Learning
This project will synthesize research on computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL). The science of CSCL achieved advances in the past decade, including producing a research handbook—however, practitioners do not have easy access to research journals, nor time to sift through the latest findings to guide their practice. Further, conventional forms of research synthesis, such as research...
Posted: Thursday, July 08
Resource | Slides & Recording from the 2021 DRK-12 Solicitation Webinar
On July 7, 2021, National Science Foundation's (NSF) DRK-12 Program Lead, Dr. Mike Steele, gave an overview and answered questions about the Discovery Research PreK-12 Program's solicitation (20-572). Learn more about this STEM education research funding opportunity. Proposal deadline October 6, 2021. VIEW: JULY 7 RECORDING | JULY 22 RECORDING
Posted: Wednesday, July 07
Poster | Supporting Science Learning and Teaching in Middle School Classrooms through Automated Analysis of Students' Writing (Collaborative Research: Passonneau and Puntambekar)
This project will design a sociotechnical system to automatically assess students written scientific explanations during science problem solving. The project will use two complementary mechanisms to provide feedback: automated assessment and feedback to students’ science explanations using using NLP techniques, and feedback to teachers provided through aggregated data about students’ writing...
Posted: Wednesday, July 07
Poster | Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Teaching in Rural Areas Using Cultural Knowledge Systems
Science, Engineering, Engineering & Mathematics Teaching in Rural Areas using Cultural Knowledge Systems (STEM TRACKS) engages Iñupiaq people in northern Alaska in all aspects of curricular development and tests the Cultural Connections Process Model for community engagement. Our advisors in Kotzebue, Alaska selected the theme topic (snow), told us what is important about the topic, and...
Posted: Wednesday, July 07
Poster | Reasoning Language for Teaching Secondary Algebra
Reasoning Language for Teaching Secondary Algebra (ReLaTe-SA) is working in partnership with the San Antonio Independent School District to investigate the algebraic reasoning and discourse tools that secondary mathematics teachers use to make algebra concepts accessible for students and orchestrate and respond to student work on mathematics tasks. We are investigating teachers' algebraic...
Posted: Wednesday, July 07
Poster | Professional Development Supports for Teaching Bioinformatics through Mobile Learning
Bioinformatics is an emerging area of research that develops new knowledge through computational analysis of vast biological data. This project investigates the professional development (PD) supports needed for teaching bioinformatics at the high school. Building from a robust literature in PD design research, project team worked with science teachers to co-design instructional modules to engage...
Posted: Wednesday, July 07
Poster | Professional Development for K-12 Science Teachers in Linguistically Diverse Classrooms
A sustained professional development program designed to support teachers who teach linguistically diverse group of English learners (ELs). It targets science teachers who teach Grade 9-12 courses in an urban high school that enrolls immigrants and former refugees. Roughly 45% of the student population are classified as ELs and collectively speak more than 40 different languages. Our team engages...
Posted: Wednesday, July 07
Poster | PBS News Hour Student Reporting Labs StoryMaker: STEM-Integrated Student Journalism
Sneak peek at StoryMaker, a video storytelling platform /educator co-learning community supporting students to produce videos about STEM projects.PI: Leah Clapman, PBS NewsHour
Posted: Wednesday, July 07
Poster | Online Practice Suite: Practice Spaces, Simulations and Virtual Reality Environments for Preservice Teachers to Learn to Facilitate Argumentation Discussions in Math and Science
This poster provides an overview of our three-year project where researchers are using a design-based research approach to develop, pilot, and refine a set of coordinated and complementary practice-based activities that teacher education programs can deploy to provide practice-based learning opportunities for preservice teachers. The goal is to help the preservice teachers to engage in authentic...
Posted: Wednesday, July 07
Poster | Misconceptions Oriented Standards-Based Assessment Resource for Teachers of High School Physical Sciences (MOSART HSPS)
MOSART HS PS developed assessment tools based on both NRC Standards and NGSS for high school chemistry and physics. The 500 new test items were combined into instruments and validated by content experts. Comprehensive data from a nationally representative sample of 12,000 high school students and their teachers measures the content knowledge of both groups and allows the estimation of item...
Posted: Wednesday, July 07
Poster | Learning Trajectories as a Complete Early Mathematics Intervention: Achieving Efficacies of Economies at Scale
The ULTIMATE (Understanding Learning Trajectories In Math: Advancing Teacher Education) project will evaluate Learning Trajectories as a complete early mathematics intervention by supporting teachers in deepening their understanding of how children learn mathematics and how to incorporate this understanding. Drs. Clements and Sarama have built a professional development tool, called Learning and...
Posted: Wednesday, July 07
Poster | Investigating Productive Use of High-Leverage Student Mathematical Thinking (Collaborative Research: Peterson and Stockero)
The Building on MOSTs project focuses on improving the teaching of secondary school mathematics by exploring the teaching practice of building on MOSTs (Mathematical Opportunities in Student Thinking). We cyclically work with teachers to enact the practice, analyze those enactments, and refine our understanding of the practice. Building consists of four elements: (1) Establish, (2) Grapple Toss...
Posted: Wednesday, July 07
Poster | Improving Grades 6-8 Students' Mathematics Achievement in Modeling and Problem Solving through Effective Sequencing of Instructional Practices
With operating title Researching Order of Teaching (ROOT), this project brings together 100 middle grades mathematics teachers in a teacher-researcher alliance to articulate effective instructional practices for promoting modeling and problem-solving achievement. Strategies center around Explicit Attention to Concepts and Student Opportunities to Struggle, culminating in a randomized cluster...
Posted: Wednesday, July 07
Poster | From Access to Sustainability: Investigating Ways to Foster Sustainable Use of Computational Modeling in K-12 Science Classrooms
Our vision is to make computational modeling a sustained practice in middle school science classrooms. We are working closely with teachers to design a tool and curricula that integrate computational modeling with data practices and enables students to move towards unpacking models and their underlying assumptions. Our research questions involve investigating 1. students modeling trajectories in...
Posted: Wednesday, July 07
Poster | Fostering Equitable Groupwork to Promote Conceptual Mathematics Learning
This project will document how middle grades mathematics students learn equitable collaboration through an ongoing effort to implement groupwork using the model of Complex Instruction. The primary purpose of this study is to describe how 6th-7th grade students learn to collaborate with one another to make sense of mathematics, and how students and their teacher negotiate what constitutes...
Posted: Wednesday, July 07
Poster | Early Emergence of Socioeconomic Disparities in Mathematical Understanding
This poster provides a methodological overview of the Parents Promoting Early Learning Study's online approach to direct assessment of toddler's math skills during the COVID-19 pandemic. Preliminary data will be presented about the reliability and validity of our measures of children's numeracy and spatial skills. Additionally, we will highlight some of the challenges in conducting online...
Posted: Wednesday, July 07
Poster | Developing and Validating a Scalable, Classroom-focused Measure of Usable Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics: The Classroom Video Analysis Instrument
This project focuses on developing a scalable, classroom-focused measure of usable mathematics teaching knowledge in three content areas: (a) fractions (grades 4 and 5), (b) ratio and proportions (grades 6 and 7); and (c) variables, expressions, and equations (grades 6 and 7). The project examines a variety of validity evidence for the new items and the reliability of scores to evaluate the...
Posted: Wednesday, July 07
Poster | Developing and Evaluating Assessments of Problem Solving (Collaborative Research: Bostic and Sondergeld)
Through DEAP, we have created three Problem-Solving Measures (PSMs) that address the Common Core State Math Content for grades 3, 4, 5, and 6 and built a robust validity argument for their use and score interpretations. We have also used vertical equating to link the PSMs with the already functioning middle-school PSMs (grades 6, 7, and 8). We are constructing a DEAP reporting system and...
Posted: Wednesday, July 07
Poster | Developing an Online Game to Teach Middle School Students Science Research Practices in the Life Sciences (Collaborative Research: Gagnon, Baker, and Metcalf)
Aqualab is an online video game to teach scientific practices in the context of life sciences for middle school. Students use science practices of experimentation, modeling, and argumentation to investigate questions related to aquatic ecosystems. The project is developing and scaffolding layers of science practices within the gameplay, and exploring how learning progressions can be empirically...
Posted: Wednesday, July 07
Poster | Design Research on the Teaching and Learning of Conceptual Understanding in High School Chemistry Though the Use of Dynamic Visualizations of Physical and Chemical Changes
To move from an emphasis on description of phenomena to deep understanding consistent with the NGSS, this project develops new teaching and research scholars with expertise in building conceptual understanding through the effective use of visualization to help their students build accurate molecular-level mental models to explain phenomena. VisChem Institutes employ carefully produced animations...
Posted: Wednesday, July 07

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