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  • Date: 07/01/2012
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    Operation Magpie was a citizen science project that involved the community in collecting data about magpies. This article describes one aspect of the project from an education perspective. The study began with a collaboration of teacher educators, environmental scientists and a local radio station. After an initial workshop with 75 teachers, three ... »
  • Date: 03/15/2012
    Resource Category: Summative
    Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites (Storyland) brings seven beloved picture books to life in a 1,500 square foot exhibition at the Minnesota Children’s Museum (MCM) from September 2011 through early February 2012. Designed and developed by MCM through an IMLS grant, Storyland is aimed at children newborn through 8 years old and the ... »
  • Date: 03/01/2012
    Resource Category: Research Products
    A school-day teacher discovers how collaboration with her afterschool counterpart benefits their students. ... »
  • Date: 10/01/2011
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    Out-of-school time (OST) programs can benefit the growing population of English learners in U.S. public schools by giving them the gift of time in which to learn both English and subject matter content. ... »
  • Date: 03/16/2011
    Resource Category: Mass Media Article
    There is a movement afoot to turn the acronym STEM—which stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—into STEAM by adding the arts. Science educators have finally begun to realize that the skills required by innovative STEM professionals include arts and crafts thinking. Visual thinking; recognizing and forming patterns; modeling ... »
  • Date: 03/01/2011
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    This study uses an innovative data source--the Youth Data Archive--to follow elementary and middle school students from a single school district over four academic years to discern any links between their afterschool program participation and English language development. Students attending the program had greater rates of gain in English ... »
  • Date: 02/15/2011
    Resource Category: Evaluation Reports
    Since the summer of 2006, the Nature Museum at Grafton (TNM) has been offering three day intensive courses in Nature Writing and Nature Journaling. In 2006-07, TNM worked with PEER Associates to develop and analyze a survey which teachers complete on the last day of their course. TNM has continued to use that evaluation method, and, in December ... »
  • Date: 02/01/2011
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    In this article, I review recent findings in cognitive neuroscience in learning, particularly in the learning of mathematics and of reading. I argue that while cognitive neuroscience is in its infancy as a field, theories of learning will need to incorporate and account for this growing body of empirical data. ... »
  • Date: 01/01/2011
    Resource Category: Conference Proceedings
    Youth participants in an informal after school science program created a multimodal digital video public service announcement video. This paper considers the counterstories that emerge within the video and during the making of the video that challenge existing definitions of science literacy. The investigation suggests youth engage in expansive ... »
  • Date: 01/01/2011
    Resource Category: Peer-reviewed article
    There is little evidence that the prevailing strategies of science education have an impact on the use and interpretation of science in daily life. Most science educators and science education researchers nonetheless believe that science education is intrinsically useful for students who do not go on to scientific or technical careers. This essay ... »

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