In 2018, NSF and IES released a companion to the Common Guidelines which identifies principles to help education stakeholders design and report reproducibility and replication studies in the effort to build evidence. This month’s Spotlight explores that topic. This newsletter also features two blogs written by 2019-20 CADRE Fellows offering their perspectives on STEM education research in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests.
CADRE is planning our next year of work, and we invite your input! Please let us know how we can best serve you, the DRK-12 program, and the field by taking this survey (if you haven’t already).
We have an updated list of 2020 DRK-12 awards. Congratulations to the newest awardees! We expect to have one more update in next month’s newsletter. We have also updated last month’s Spotlight on Problem Solving with additional information about the Proportions Playground project. Finally, we have added citations of work submitted during the 2020 PI Meeting registration to awardee profiles on cadrek12.org. If you submitted citations, visit your profile to view the updates. If you didn’t submit any citations, we invite you to send us citations from your DRK-12 publications and related work that will help others learn about your professional interests and recent work. In your email, please indicate which publications are from your DRK-12 work.
Meet Sethuraman Panchanathan, the newest director of the National Science Foundation, and learn about his perspective on maintaining global leadership, ensuring accessibility and inclusivity, and advancing the frontiers of STEM research through partnerships.
Spotlight on Replication & Building Evidence
This Spotlight features perspectives, research, and resources related to building evidence in STEM education, particularly by means of replication. While NSF and the DRK-12 portfolio traditionally focus on the early stages in the research cycle (i.e., exploratory, design and development), there has been increasing attention to and funding of studies that build evidence of the efficacy and effectiveness of preK-12 STEM education innovations of models, tools, and technologies. Recently, the DRK-12 program funded a replication study featured in this Spotlight and research to support a more consistent definition of “replicable” and promote consistency in the design of replication studies and their statistical analyses. NSF also funded a data hub to support reproducible research practices such as data sharing and study registration. Other studies funded by NSF, such as CASPIR Math (featured below), look closely at core components and the conditions under which interventions can be effectively adapted in various contexts and raise questions about exact replication. In two perspective pieces, Jinfa Cai comments on the role of conceptual replication studies, and Christopher Wilson discusses effectively communicating with practitioners and others about the evidence we are building.
In this Spotlight...
- Researcher Perspectives
- Conceptual Replications in STEM Education Research | Blog by Jinfa Cai, University of Delaware
- Reporting Findings to Decision-Makers and Project Participants | Blog by Christopher Wilson, BSCS Science Learning
- Featured Projects
- Comparing the Efficacy of Online to In-Person Professional Development Formats for Improving Student Outcomes of a Student-Teacher-Scientist Partnership Program (PI: Catrina Adams)
- CASPIR Math (PI: Alison Castro Superfine)
- Additional Resources
COVID-19, BLM, and STEM Education
In these blog posts, two 2019-20 CADRE Fellows offer their perspectives on STEM education research in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests. Roxanne Moore reflects on (re)humanizing mathematics education and moving beyond affirmative statements to concrete action that addresses racism and white supremacy in STEM education. Ti’Era Worsley reflects on removing her shield and facing racism head-on as an emerging STEM education researcher and what this pivotal moment means for socially just and critical educators.
- Liberating Our Young, Gifted & Black: The Role of STEM Education in Addressing the Existential Threat of Racism, White Supremacy, and Systemic Violence | Blog by Roxanne Moore
- Removing the Shield | Blog by Ti'Era Worsley
New DRK-12 Awards
NSF continues to announce recent DRK-12 awards. Congratulations to the newest awardees! We look forward to getting to know you and hearing about your work as it progresses. Welcome to our community! This list includes all 2020 awards; the projects marked as new denote awards made since our June newsletter.
Project Tip: Keep Abreast of NSF's 10 Big Ideas
For those interested in NSF’s Quantum Leap big idea and its relation to preK-12 education, visit Key Concepts for Future Quantum Information Science Learners and read the related report, or explore the projects Cross-Discipline Approach to Quantum Computing in High Schools: Building towards a Quantum Computing Workforce and Preparing Secondary Teachers to Teach Quantum Information Science. NSF recently presented about the Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier—which supports convergent research integrating considerations of future technology, future workers, and future work—for the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR) at the National Academies.
Newsbites from NSF, DRK-12, and NSF Networks
News from NSF
- EHR Core Research (ECR) Webinar Recording | Watch a recording of NSF's webinar on the ECR Solicitation and proposal submission.
- Four Tips for Applying to NSF's CAREER Program | An NSF CAREER program director shares his tips to help prospective applicants.
- Extension of Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) due to Loss of Operations | Memorandum (M-20-26) shares extensions that go beyond what the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) had previously outlined in Memorandum M-20-17, offering guidance on the allowability of salaries and other project activities and single audit submission. View the FAQs for more information.
- Anti-Racism Resource Roundup | CAISE has gathered anti-racism resources from STEM learning, education, and science communication-related fields.
- Inclusivity and Accessibility for Individuals with Disabilities in STEM | NSF INCLUDES recently released this research brief.
- NSF DCL Advancing Educational Innovations That Motivate and Prepare PreK-12 Learners for Computationally-Intensive Industries of the Future Webinar Recording | Watch a recording of this STELAR-hosted webinar.
- Project Planner Resource | This tool was developed by CAISE for those who are planning, developing, and/or proposing informal STEM learning projects.
- Addressing Underrepresentation of Young Women of Color in Engineering and Computing Through the Lens of Sociocultural Theory | Publication
In this Cultural Studies of Science Education article, Margaret Eisenhart and Carrie Allen (2014-15 Fellow) discuss sociocultural practice theory, how the theory can be used to conceptualize youth-identity development in STEM, and the challenges that young women of color face in developing engineering or computing identities.
- Data-based Individualization in Mathematics to Support Middleschool Teachers and Their Students with Mathematics Learning Difficulty | Publication
In this Studies in Educational Evaluation article, Sarah Powell, Erica Lembke, Leanne Ketterlin-Geller, et al. share results from Project Stair, funded by the US Office of Special Education Programs, which was tested in four middle schools.
- Dominoes: Promoting Units Construction and Coordination | Publication
In this Mathematics Teacher: Learning and Teaching PK-12 article, Beth MacDonald, Diana Moss, and Jessica Hunt explore how playing with dominoes not only requires students to count but also to subitize when constructing number and operations.
- How the COVID-19 Pandemic Reveals Gaps in Science and Mathematics Instruction | Publication
In this Electronic Journal for Research in Science & Mathematics Education article, Mark Bloom, Sarah Quebec Fuentes, and Jonathan Crocker discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic is bringing to the forefront the importance of integrating the nature of science and mathematical modeling into the K-12 curriculum.
- Impact of Cooney, Shealy, and Arvold’s (1998) Belief Structures: A Literature Review and Citation Analysis | Publication
In this Journal for Research in Mathematics Education article, Carlos Nicolas Gomez (2014-15 Fellow) and AnnaMarie Conner investigate the impact of a 1998 article on belief structures on the field.
- Innovate to Mitigate Challenge | Competition
The Innovate to Mitigate project is recruiting students and teachers (grades 8-12) for a problem-based learning challenge focused on mitigating climate change.
- Interpretations of Slope Through Written and Verbal Interactions Between a Student and Her Tutors in Algebra 1 | Publication
In this Journal of Research in Mathematics Education article, Anna DeJarnette, Samantha McMahon, and Casey Hord (2010-11 Fellow) document meanings that were established through spoken interaction between a student and her tutors during discussions of slope.
- K–12 DREAMS to Teach Program at Morehouse College | Publication
In this Journal of College Science Teaching article, Cynthia Trawick, Thema Monroe-White, Jigsa Tola, Jamie Clayton, and J. K. Haynes share findings from their study exploring the pathways of Black males who successfully overcome barriers and subsequently choose to persist (or not) in STEM and STEM K–12 instruction in particular.
- Learning from Cluster Randomized Trials in Education: An Assessment of the Capacity of Studies to Determine What Works, For Whom, and Under What Conditions | Publication
In this Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis article, Jessaca Spybrook, Qi Zhang, Ben Kelcey, and Nianbo Dong examine the capacity of a set of cluster randomized trials (CRTs) to provide rigorous evidence about for whom and under what conditions an intervention is effective.
- Principles of Collaborative Education Research with Stakeholders: Toward Requirements for a New Research and Development Infrastructure | Publication
In this Review of Educational Research article, William Penuel, Robbin Riedy, Michael Barber, Donald Peurach, Whitney LeBouef, and Tiffany Clark identified a set of interconnected principles related to collaboration, problem solving, and research and reviewed evidence of these principles in projects belonging to four collaborative approaches (Community-based Design Research, Design-based Implementation Research, Improvement Science in Networked Improvement Communities, and Strategic Education Research Partnership).
- The Re-Novicing of Elementary Teachers in Science? Grade Level Reassignment and Teacher PCK | Publication
In this Journal of Science Teacher Education article, Deborah Hanuscin, Zandra de Araujo, Dante Cisterna, Kelsey Lipsitz (2016-17 Fellow), and Delinda van Garderen examine the consequences of within-school churn for the pedagogical content knowledge of elementary teacher participants in an NSF-funded science PD program.
- The Role of Mentor Teacher–Mediated Experiences for Preservice Teachers | Publication
In this Journal of Teacher Education article, Hosun Kang discusses the role of mentor teacher–mediated experiences in preservice teachers’ progress toward the vision of teaching advocated by their programs.
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The following funding and publication opportunities, listed by deadline, may be of interest to you and your DRK-12 project members.
- August 5 (Extended) – NSF | Partnerships for Innovation (PFI)
- August 7 – NSF | ADVANCE: Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions (ADVANCE) (Catalyst Full Proposal)
- August 11 (Extended) – NSF | Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)
- August 14 – NSF | Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST)
- September 16 – NSF | Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI Program)
- October 1 – NSF | Advanced Technological Education (ATE)
- October 1 – NSF | EHR Core Research (ECR)
- October 6 – NSF | Historically Black Colleges and Universities - Excellence in Research (HBCU- EiR) (Full Proposal)
- October 7 – NSF | Discovery Research PreK-12 (DRK-12)
- October 22 – NSF | NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)
- November 3 – NSF | ADVANCE: Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions (ADVANCE) (Adaptation and Partnership Letters of Intent)
- July 31 – Informing Science Institute | COVID-19 and Education (Call for Book Chapters)
- August 1 – Science & Children | Digital Literacy
- August 1 – Science Scope | Science Beyond the Classroom
- August 1 – The Science Teacher | STEM on a Shoestring
- August 30 – International Society for Technology, Education and Science | Educational Practices during the COVID-19 Viral Outbreak (Call for Book Chapters)
- August 31 – Cultural Studies of Science Education | Science Education during Times of Crisis
- August 31 – Journal of Computing in Higher Education | Data Literacy & Computational Thinking in Engineering Education
- September 1 – AERA Open | Education in the Time of Pandemic
- September 1 – Educational Leadership | Making PD Stick
- October 1 – Educational Leadership | Equity in Action
- October 1 – Science & Children | Global Connections
- October 1 – Science Scope | Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking
- October 1 – The Science Teacher | Technology Innovations in Science Teaching
- October 15 – Journal of Computer Assisted Learning | Adoption of Learning Technologies in Times of Pandemic Crisis
- Ongoing – Research in Science Education | Special Issue Proposals
- August 14 (Extended) - 2021 AERA Annual Meeting (Call for Proposals)
- August 15 – 2021 NARST Annual International Conference (Call for Proposals)
- August 16 – 2021 NCTM Research Conference (Call for Proposals)
- August 21 – 2021 ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (Paper Abstracts, Pre-symposium, Affiliated Events)
- August 28 – 2021 ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (Full Papers, Panels, Special Sessions, Workshops)
- September 6 – 2021 RCML Annual Conference (Call for Proposals)
- November 1 – 2021 SITE Annual Conference (Call for Proposals)
- November 30 – 2021 CSEDU International Conferences (Call for Papers)
- July 31 – Teaching Mathematics and its Applications Special Issue – Restarting the New Normal: Call for Guest Editors
For job, funding, and capacity-building opportunities for doctoral students, postdocs, and other early career scholars, visit our Early Career News & Opportunities page.
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