Teacher Professional Development and Pedagogy

Transformative Experience: An Integrative Construct in the Spirit of Deweyan Pragmatism

A sentiment held by Dewey and shared by other educators is that learning should enrich and expand everyday experience. However, this goal has not been a focus of research. In this article, I propose transformative experience as a construct capable of reflecting this goal and functioning as an empirical research construct. I discuss the theoretical grounding for this construct in the work of Dewey and define it in terms of three characteristics: (a) motivated use, (b) expansion of perception, and (c) experiential value.

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Beliefs and Expectations about Engineering Preparation Exhibited by High School STEM Teachers

BACKGROUND If we are to effect change in teacher practices and decision making regarding instruction, college preparation, and career success in engineering, then knowledge of teachers’ beliefs and expectations about engineering needs to be understood.

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An Instrument to Measure Students’ Motivation and Self‐Regulation in Science Learning

Students’ motivational beliefs and self‐regulatory practices have been identified as instrumental in influencing the engagement of students in the learning process. An important aim of science education is to empower students by nurturing the belief that they can succeed in science learning and to cultivate the adaptive learning strategies required to help to bring about that success. This article reports the development and validation of an instrument to measure salient factors related to the motivation and self‐regulation of students in lower secondary science classrooms.

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Tackling Science Instruction Through “Science Talks” and Service Learning

Many preservice teachers struggle in science courses and foster anxieties regarding science instruction in their future classrooms. Providing time and support for preservice teachers to teach science in an after-school classroom through service learning allows them to build a science learning environment outside the formal school day. In this alternative learning space, student dialogue can enhance learning in science while also improving preservice teachers’ confidence and enthusiasm to teach science.

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Request for Information for Bright Spots in Middle Years Math

The following is excerpted from the Bright Spots RFI: http://k12education.gatesfoundation.org/bright-spots-rfi/

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JOST Call for Papers: Special Issue on Computational Thinking from a Disciplinary Perspective

CALL FOR PAPERS: Journal of Science Education and Technology (JOST) Special issue on Computational Thinking from a Disciplinary Perspective: Integrating Computational Thinking in K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education.

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CADRE Webinar: Open Education Resources (OER) for K-12 STEM Education: Issues and Opportunities

On February 14, CADRE is hosting a webinar on freely available, openly-licensed open education resources (OER) in K-12 STEM. Panelists and participants will discuss the current demand for OER and opportunities for NSF-funded projects to contribute; key considerations, opportunities, and challenges for individuals, projects, and organizations developing OER (e.g., intellectual property and financial trade-offs); how OER products are identified, evaluated, and used by teachers, schools, and districts; and avenues for dissemination and uptake. 
 
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U.S. Department of Education Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) - 2018 Phase I Solicitation

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program at the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, provides funding to firms (small businesses) and their partners for the research, development, and evaluation of commercially viable education technology products. 
 
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Marine Technology for Teachers and Students (MaTTS) ITEST Project Webinar Series

The Marine Technology for Teachers and Students (MaTTS) Project invites you to participate in its upcoming webinar series. This series of three webinars will focus on how to incorporate marine technology builds, ocean exploration expeditions, and live content into your classroom curriculum. 

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Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching - Call for Nominations

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 mathematics and science (including computer science) teaching. Established by Congress in 1983, the President may recognize up to 108 exemplary teachers each year.

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