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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

Data Jams: Promoting data literacy and science engagement while encouraging creativity

This article introduces the Data Jam model which has spread across the country and is most often sponsored by long-term ecological research (LTER) sites belonging to a network funded by the National Science Foundation.
Sep 2018

Getting Students Jazzed about Critical Zone: Engaging Students in Authentic Inquiry through Data Jam

Critical Zone science provides a rich context for middle and high school students in Puerto Rico to investigate their own questions about a recent drought and historical storm events through the Luquillo Schoolyard Data Jam.
Oct 2017
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
Drought research

Drought in the Critical Zone: Engaging students in authentic inquiry through Data Jam

This article examines how a severe drought in Puerto Rico provided a rich context for high school students to investigate their own questions about weather and climate through a teaching strategy called Data Jam.
Jan 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

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