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Scientific communities of practice: K–12 outreach model around organism responses to repeated hurricane disturbances

Collaboration between ecologists and learning scientists can give rise to powerful models for scientific outreach. Learning scientists and ecologists codesigned a science curriculum that invites students to join an ecological community of practice.
Jul 2023

Designing Educative Tools for Scientific Argumentation: A Case Study of DBR Before and During the Pandemic

Designing Educative Tools for Scientific Argumentation: A Case Study of DBR Before and During the Pandemic.
Jul 2023

Overview of the Luquillo LTER Schoolyard Program

Luquillo Schoolyard educators provide an overview of the Luquillo LTER Schoolyard program. The Luquillo schoolyard activities are organized developmentally to support the growth of scientific practices from upper elementary to high school.
Apr 2022

Using the Science of Hurricane Resilience to Foster the Development of Student Understanding and Appreciation for Science in Puerto Rico

This paper describes a study of the implementation of Journey to El Yunque in Puerto Rico. The results provide evidence that engaging students in the practices of ecology predicted increased understanding of population dynamics.
Mar 2022

Designing educative supports for scientific argumentation: a case study of DBR before and during the pandemic

In this paper, we share our ongoing design-based research focused on developing an educative support to scaffold student task modeling and scientific argumentation, in the context of NGSS-aligned middle school science curricula.
Mar 2021

Engaging Middle School Students in Authentic Scientific Practices Can Enhance Their Understanding of Ecosystem Response to Hurricane Disturbance

This article describes research on the educational benefit of placing students in the authentic of a scientist as they investigate the phenomena of ecosystem disturbance using Journey to El Yunque.
Oct 2018
A tiny frog, a bit bigger than the size of an adult's thumbnail, rests on a little brown tree branch in the rainforests of Puerto Rico.

Taking Students on a Journey to El Yunque

This paper is a design case that describes the evolution of the first 2 decades of development of Journey to El Yunque. It highlights the importance of designing curricular experiences around specific scientific communities of practice.
Feb 2016

The Cat is Alive and Well: Curiosity Motivates Exploration for High Interest Learners

This AERA paper examines how individuals with varying levels of individual interest interact with domain content, and explores how inquiry-based learning opportunities may help high interest learners explore new ideas and regulate their own learning.
Apr 2015