Seminar: Improving Practices in Science and Mathematics Education

Research groups SISCO and TEPEC invites you to this seminar with contributions from members of the project REDE (Representation and Participation in Science Discourses) advisory board: Senior lecturer Karim Hamza (Stockholm University), Professor Carolyn S. Wallace (Kennesaw State University) and Professor Hilda Borko (Stanford University).



Modelling scientific literacy – examples from teacher-researcher collaborations

Senior lecturer Karim Hamza, Stockholm University

In the seminar I present experiences and results from three research projects which are tied together by two broad objectives: (1) to develop didactic models with which teachers can analyze and design teaching for scientific literacy and, at the same time, (2) to develop ways for conducting didactic research in close collaboration with practicing teachers. I will focus especially on how the didactic model of organizing purposes (Johansson & Wickman, 2011) was modified as it was put to use in the collaborating teachers’ practice (Hamza, Palm, Palmqvist, Piqueras, & Wickman, In press).


Building Grounded Theory for the Development of Multi-Literacies in Middle School Science

Professor Carolyn S. Wallace, Kennesaw State University

I will highlight an upcoming research project that is designed to construct grounded theory for the development and use of multi-literacies in middle school life sciences. Building on previous research (Medstad & Kolstø, 2014 Sørvik, Blickstad-Balas, & Øddegard, 2014), the study will investigate how students may blend every day, science, bilingual and multi-modal languages and literacies to create meaning for inquiry investigations through authentic small group dialog, whole class discussion and writing. The research will focus on evidence for the existence, forms, patterns, and meanings for hybrid languages, as well as their role in developing conceptual learning in school science.  The presentation will include time for feedback and discussion that will promote thinking about this and other future research studies in scientific literacy.

13.45 Break


Mini-Workshop: Facilitating Video-Based Discussions in Teacher Professional Development

Professor Hilda Borko, Stanford University

This mini-workshop will focus on facilitation practices for planning and leading video-based discussions (VBD) in mathematics professional development workshops. I will first briefly introduce the Problem-Solving Cycle model of mathematics professional development. Participants will then participate in a video-based discussion that I will lead. The video will be of a small group problem-solving activity in a middle school mathematics classroom. After the discussion, I will highlight aspects of facilitation such as selecting a goal and video clip; planning launching and “back-pocket” questions; and specific moves made during the discussion. Participants will also have an opportunity to ask questions.

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