science seminar

Special Presentation by Dr. Regina Soobard, University of Tartu, Estonia

Title: Research in science education – experiences from University of Tartu Science Education Centre Abstract: Estonia has competence-based curriculum since 2011 and Estonian 15-year old students have high overall scores in the science component of the PISA study. At the same time, they are not interested in science-related careers and relatively few students achieve the… Read More »

CREATE Science Seminar Speaker: Dr. Barbara Hug, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Title: Using ecosystem models to examine students’ developing understanding of vector-borne disease. Abstract: The Next Generation Science Standards emphasize the interconnected nature of scientific practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas. As part of a curriculum development/ professional development project, we have developed a curriculum unit that weaves together these three dimensions of science learning… Read More »

CREATE Science Seminar: Kristen St. John, James Madison University

Title: Building a Stronger DBER Community: Disciplinary and Cross-Disciplinary Examples Abstract: An effective DBER community of practice is one that builds competency and capacity in DBER and generates results that can advance disciplinary teaching and learning. This presentation will draw on disciplinary and cross-disciplinary examples of recent efforts to strengthen the DBER community of practice.… Read More »

CREATE Science Seminar Speaker: Dr. Leona Schauble, Vanderbilt University

Title: Should we teach young students domain general scientific thinking skills? Abstract: It is worthwhile to reconsider the relative advantages of regarding scientific thinking in young children through a domain general perspective or through a domain specific lens, especially with regard to how these differing views influence educational practice in the elementary grades. Domain-general frameworks… Read More »

CREATE Science Seminar Speaker: Dr. Marcy Towns

Title: Blending chemical and mathematical knowledge as solve problems in chemical kinetics Abstract: Answering recent calls for discipline-based education research and interdisciplinary work, this study seeks to investigate how students integrate chemistry and mathematics during problem-solving in chemical kinetics, a context that has little attention in the literature. This work investigates the following research question:… Read More »

CREATE Science Seminar: Cindy Hmelo-Silver

This presentation will share results from a technology-rich classroom intervention that used a conceptual representation to support reasoning about ecosystems. The Components-Mechanisms-Phenomena (CMP) conceptual representation was designed to enable students to construct coherent mental models. As part of this approach, CMP was made visible through hypermedia, simulations and a CMP modeling tool. Engaging students in… Read More »