A Socio-scientific Approach to STEM Education : The GlobalEd2 Project
Kimberly Lawless, University of Illinois at Chicago, United States ; Scott Brown, Mark Boyer, University of Connecitcut, United States
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Denver, Colorado, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-95-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
Abstract: The GlobalEd 2 (GE2) curriculum was developed over the past three years through funding from the Institute of Education Sciences. This initial grant funded the design and development of the research database, the GE2 curricular materials and the professional development for middle school social studies teachers implementing the simulations. As a part of this development work, GE2 has been piloted in approximately 60, 7th and 8th grade classrooms (n>1500 students), spanning both suburban and urban contexts. Evaluation data from the initial pilots indicate significant pre-post student gains on a variety of cognitive and affective outcomes, including science knowledge, interest in science, quality of written scientific argumentation, and self-efficacy related to writing, social studies and technology. Further, results demonstrate that these positive changes occur across diverse student groups, including Blacks, Latinos and females, addressing existing educational achievement and motivation gaps in these groups.
Lawless, K., Brown, S. & Boyer, M. (2012). A Socio-scientific Approach to STEM Education : The GlobalEd2 Project. In T. Amiel & B. Wilson (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia 2012--World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (pp. 395-400). Denver, Colorado, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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