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  • Preservice teachers learn to teach science in summer camp
    Date: 02/18/2016
    Resource Category: Research Brief
    Wallace and Brooks examined the culture of an elementary science education methods course conducted in a summer science camp, along with the professional identity development of the preservice teachers during their participation in the course. ... »
  • STEM practices and model-based reasoning
    Date: 09/01/2015
    Resource Category: Research Products
    The adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards means that many educators who adhere to model-based reasoning styles of science will have to adapt their programs and curricula. In addition, all practitioners will have to teach modeling, and model-based reasoning is a useful way to do so. This brief offers perspectives drawn from Lehrer and ... »
  • Bridging formal and informal learning environments to improve science education for all
    Date: 06/01/2015
    Resource Category: Research Products
    This Stocklmayer, Rennie, and Gilbert article outlines current challenges in preparing youth to go into science careers and to be scientifically literate citizens. The authors suggest creating partnerships between informal and formal education to address these challenges in school. ... »
  • Having Fun and Learning through Tinkering
    Date: 06/01/2015
    Resource Category: Research Products
    Petrich, Wilkinson, and Bevan (2013) explore three areas of design principles related to tinkering. The authors share their thinking related to the activity design, environmental design, and facilitation practices involved in creating and supporting rich tinkering experiences for museumgoers. They wrote a chapter on tinkering, which describes how ... »
  • How "making" projects can promote deep learning
    Date: 06/01/2015
    Resource Category: Research Products
    The field of informal science education has embraced “making” and design activities as a powerful approach to engaging learners. This chapter by Blikstein finds that in order to create disruptive spaces where students can learn STEM, design and build inventive projects, educators . This paper provides theoretical background and concrete cases that ... »
  • Identifying and understanding learner interest and identity across settings
    Date: 06/01/2015
    Resource Category: Research Products
    This Barron and Bell article provides a foundational overview for how “cross-setting learning” can equitably engage all youth across formal and informal educational contexts. The paper offers: 1) a review of research; 2) descriptions of supports and challenges to cross-setting learning, including learner interest and identity; and 3) suggestions ... »
  • Relevance as Rigor
    Date: 06/01/2015
    Resource Category: Research Products
    Many research interventions may show initial positive results, but studies show that these results tend to fade when research structures and supports are removed from the local contexts. In this paper, Gutierrez and Penuel make the case for rethinking what is meant by “rigor” in educational research. To drive truly meaningful and sustainable ... »
  • Science teacher sensemaking and the influence of school site context
    Date: 06/01/2015
    Resource Category: Research Products
    In this research article, Allen and Penuel investigate how science teachers make decisions about implementation of reform based on their understanding of coherence between professional development and the standards, curriculum and assessment in their local context. This research will support ISE that design and facilitate science teacher ... »
  • The effect of science museums on academic achievement
    Date: 06/01/2015
    Resource Category: Research Products
    What is the relationship between experiences in informal settings and students’ understanding of and attitudes toward science? By analysing existing data sets, Suter finds that science museum attendance has an effect—albeit a small one—on student achievement. ... »
  • Tinkering, Learning, and Equity in an Afterschool Setting
    Date: 06/01/2015
    Resource Category: Research Products
    This paper draws on ethnographic data to bring equity to the fore within discussions of tinkering and making. Vossoughi, Escudé, Kong & Hooper argue that equity lies in the how of teaching and learning through specific ways of: designing making environments, using pedagogical language, integrating students’ cultural and intellectual histories ... »

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