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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

Comparing Middle School Students’ Responses to Narrative Versus Expository Texts on Situational and Individual Interest

This AERA paper examines the effects of text genre on both situational and individual interest. Findings showed that narrative texts do not always lead to higher situational interest.
Apr 2014

Evaluation of Journey to El Yunque: Final Report

This evaluative report details the original Journey to El Yunque curriculum with findings that it is a well-designed curriculum. Journey to El Yunque students scored significantly higher on the posttest than comparison students.
Dec 2006

Taking Students on a Journey to El Yunque: An Examination of Cognitive Apprenticeship

This AERA Paper details how the cognitive apprenticeship model was used to design the Journey to El Yunque program.
Apr 2006