Members of the Center for Technology and School Change(CTSC) presented work on a STEM-focused professional learning initiative at the American Education Research Association (AERA) 2019 Annual Meeting from April 5th to 9th in Toronto, Canada. The theme this year is “Leveraging Education Research in a ‘Post-Truth’ Era: Multimodal Narratives to Democratize Evidence.”

Detailed information about the paper, including the abstract, is as follows:

STEM Projects by Design, Ellen B. Meier, Xiaoxue Du, Karen Kirsch Page, Rocio Santos-Carrillo, Merrill DeGraff

Abstract:  This research is based on third-year findings from a STEM-focused professional development (PD) program with ten Title I, high-need schools in a large urban school district in the Northeast. The data capture the impact of an intervention intended to prepare elementary and middle school teachers to design thoughtful STEM projects for their classrooms.

The intervention was developed by the Center for Technology and School Change at Teachers College, Columbia University, and is based on research done over the last two decades on developing teachers’ capacity to design and implement authentic, inquiry projects that integrate technology. The quantitative and qualitative data show that teachers made significant changes in their ability to design STEM/STEAM projects and in their meaningful use of technology to support project work.




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