2061 Connections
An electronic newsletter for the science education community

March/April 2005

CCMS Researchers Share Their Work at 2005 Conferences

The Center for Curriculum Materials in Science (CCMS) has taken on the challenge of developing the knowledge and leadership required to advance curriculum materials for K–12 science teaching and learning. To help support the design, selection, and use of high-quality science materials, researchers at AAAS Project 2061 and partners Michigan State University, Northwestern University, and University of Michigan are investigating questions related to curriculum materials for all children, teacher learning and educative materials, the curriculum development process, assessment, and policy. CCMS researchers conduct a wide variety of studies informed by the Center’s guiding principles:

  • Centrality of science learning goals
  • Importance of pedagogical supports
  • Value of student investigations
  • Usefulness of learning technologies
  • Need to serve diverse learners
  • Attention to teacher learning
  • Awareness of policy context

In 2005, CCMS faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students have shared their work with other educators at a number of national and international conferences, including the Association for Science Teacher Education International Conference and the annual meetings of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching and the American Educational Research Association. A list of 2005 workshops, papers, posters, and symposia, along with abstracts for all presentations and full papers for some, is available on the CCMS Web site.

See CCMS Conference Participation, 2005.

CCMS is funded by the National Science Foundation’s Centers for Learning and Teaching (CLT) program, which aims to enrich and diversify the national infrastructure for instruction in K–12, undergraduate, and graduate education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). For more on the CLT program, visit cltnet.org.

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