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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

The Impact of Text Genre on Science Learning in an Authentic Science Learning Environment

This research shows that it is possible to create narrative, anthropomorphic versions of background readings without negatively impacting student learning from model-based reasoning investigations.
Apr 2015

The Impact of Text Genre on Science Interest in an Authentic Science Learning Environment

This ISLS report examines the relationship between research on learning and research on interest. Findings suggest that both motivational and cognitive processes need to be examined together.
Jun 2014