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Fourth Friday Research Talk, September 2019
September 27 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm MDT
Fourth Friday Research Talks
Join College of Education faculty and doctoral students every fourth Friday of the month to learn about current research and provide feedback. The Research Talks are collaborative, informal, and intended to be a place to share ideas. Everyone is welcome!
Each month, faculty and doctoral students share their research and receive constructive feedback on work to be presented at an upcoming conference, written work developed for submission to publication, or work planned for the future.
Research Talks are held every fourth Friday from 2:30-4:00pm in the Wallace Room (709) on the 7th floor in the Education Building.
Implementing Crossover Trials in a K-12 Teacher-Research Alliance
Researching Order of Teaching (ROOT) is a new 4-year Level II Design and Development project in the Learning strand of NSF’s DRK-12 program. ROOT will be the first formal Teacher-Researcher Alliance for Investigating Learning (Koichu & Pinto, 2018) in a middle grades math context, bringing together 100 middle school math teachers with an interdisciplinary research team to study the effectiveness of instructional practices for improving Grades 6-8 students’ mathematics achievement in the content area of modeling and problem solving. I’ll discuss how our research design uses increasingly robust crossover trials to address some frequently encountered limitations of research on teaching practices in school settings.
Infusing Computational Thinking into Informal Project-based STEM Teaching and Learning
Computational thinking (CT) has emerged as a fourth foundational skill in addition to reading, writing, and arithmetic (Grover & Pea, 2018; Wing, 2006) and there is an urgency to integrate CT in K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The NSF funded STEM+C (computing) project at Boise State aims to integrate CT into STEM learning with upper level elementary students. The project builds and pilots a Community Center Afterschool Program (CCAP) model for integrating CT across K-12 disciplines through partnerships with the Boise School District, and the Boise Parks and Recreation Department and its community centers that serve Title I schools. The STEM+C project focuses on student learning and problem solving, and teacher professional development (PD) regarding the integration of CT. In this talk, Dazhi Yang, the principal investigator (PI) of the STEM+C project will introduce the design and development of the STEM+CT curriculum, and the implementation of the curriculum that was led by in- and pre-service teachers in the community centers’ after-school programs. Yang will also discuss the preliminary findings and lessons learned from implementing the STEM+CT curriculum in after-school programs.