Join Us In Exploring Culturally Relevant Science Technology

Technology offers us an opportunity forward. Currently, many students have laptops and cellular phones that have amazing capabilities that have are still underutilized in science classrooms. These devices offer important possibilities. First, these devices can take you to places that you cannot experience, like space and into cells. Smartphones can become VR devices, simulators, and…

Book Talk: Preparing Science Teachers Through Practice-Based Teacher Education

Join us for an online Book Talk. Stanford’s Graduate School of Education’s Science in The City Research Group welcomes the team of Dr. David Stroupe, Dr. Karen Hammerness, Dr. Scott McDonald, & Dr. Kirsten Mawyer. Together, they wrote an incredible text that explores and challenges how we train modern science teachers. Given, theoretical and practical challenges of teaching science, teacher educators must have a detailed understanding of how to build a science teaching force that understands students, understands curriculum, and understands core pedagogical practices. Join us for an online exploration of their new book.

Research Presentation from Dr. Lama Jaber

Dr. Lama Jaber is an Assistant Professor of Science Education in the School of Teacher Education at Florida State University and a core faculty in the FSU-Teach program. Lama earned her doctorate in science education at Tufts University where she also worked as a post-doctoral researcher for one year prior to joining FSU. Her research examines learners’ disciplinary engagement in science, in particular learners’ feelings and emotions within that engagement, both in face-to-face and online learning environments. She also studies how teachers promote disciplinary engagement through responsive teaching practices and examines the role of teachers’empathy in that process. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, including an NSF Early CAREER grant and another NSF-funded project with colleagues at FSU. In addition, she was recently awarded the 2021 Early Career Research Award from NARST, A Global Organization for Improving Science Education.

Culturally Relevant Virtual Reality for Science Classrooms

Virtual reality represents a new direction in technological advancements for educational research. While education has been slow to adopt new technology, educational technology companies have been slow to collaborate with teachers to produce pedagogically valuable resources. This project explores house science educators and science researchers collaborate to produce virtual reality instructional materials for the modern science students. What this means Is that educators can think critically about how technology can become a useful tool for building culturally relevant virtual reality instructional materials. At the 2019 conference for the National Association of researchers of science teaching, we presented a number of new research studies. The studies are here for you to review and share broadly.

STEM Learning for African-American Boys

The growing concern for providing access to science careers for African-American men has lead to many programs that attempt to provide students’ access to high end science education. We conducted a year-long study of one organization’s attempt to understand the challenges of teaching science in urban context. We monitored how the school’s leadership designed and…


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