Center for Curriculum Materials in Science

AAAS Project 2061, Michigan State University, Northwestern University, University of Michigan

Graduate and Postdoc Program Partners

AAAS Project 2061

AAAS is the world's largest general science organization, publisher of the peer-reviewed journal Science, and sponsor of programs that address the needs of the scientific community and the public. Project 2061—the education reform initiative founded by AAAS in 1985—aims to help all students achieve literacy in science, mathematics, and technology by the time they graduate from high school. Project 2061 conducts education research, publishes books and online resources, and provides professional development services and technical assistance for practitioners and policymakers at every level of the education system.

At AAAS, CCMS fellows participate in the management of the Center and engage in research related to Project 2061’s mission to improve curriculum, instruction, and assessment so that all children can become science literate. Based in Washington, DC, AAAS Project 2061 offers postdoctoral fellows the chance to interact with national leaders in the scientific, education, and policy communities.

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Michigan State University

Michigan State University’s College of Education has a long history of excellence in teaching and research related to science education. Located in the Department of Teacher Education, the science education doctoral program balances experiential learning—supported by faculty mentoring—with formal coursework in curriculum, teaching, and education policy. The program is also strong in educational research methodology.

CCMS provides both doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows the opportunity to participate in new initiatives related to curriculum materials, including research and development projects designed to (1) build knowledge bases for science units, (2) create a K-12 curriculum strand focused on ecological literacy, and (3) produce resources for teacher education that are aligned with the core principles that guide the Center’s work. Our work involves faculty from across the Michigan State campus, and, through a decades-long working relationship with the Lansing public schools, we engage teachers as key collaborators in our work.

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Northwestern University

Faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows in the Learning Sciences program at Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy conduct basic and applied research on teaching, learning, and organizational reform in all types of learning environments. Northwestern’s doctoral programs prepare graduates—whether they plan to teach, develop curricula, or go into research—to advance the understanding of teaching and learning. Research and course work emphasize instructional, technological, and social policy innovations and the design and realization of learning environments with a reform agenda. Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of the program, Learning Sciences faculty are affiliated with a number of Northwestern University schools and departments, and their interests focus on cognition, social context, and design.

With an emphasis on research apprenticeships, project-centered coursework, and real-world challenges, Northwestern’s programs enable CCMS doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows to participate in cutting-edge investigations of learning and teaching in contexts that are relevant to improving the quality of use of science curriculum materials.

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University of Michigan

Faculty, students, and postdoctoral fellows in the science education specialization at University of Michigan‘s School of Education are developing innovative curriculum to help diverse students learn science through inquiry. Exciting research projects focus on the uses of technologies in science teaching and learning; the preparation and professional development of elementary, middle school, and high school science teachers; and the adaptation of science reform programs to urban classrooms. The science education specialization prepares doctoral students to use theoretical and research-based ideas to tackle difficult challenges in today’s science classroom.

Scholars and researchers explore important issues that impact science learning and teaching and that inform the work of other scholars in the field. Doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows develop and refine their own research questions and engage in real-world research alongside nationally recognized specialists in their field.

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