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January 30 at RiSE Colloquium Series – Erik DaSilva

January 24th, 2012

The Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE Center)
and the University of Maine


Erik DaSilva
RiSE Center, University of Maine

“Presenting a background of the design and testing for CPO Science, Foundation Science, and EarthComm”

The Maine Physical Science Partnership (PSP) is currently pre-piloting three sets of ninth grade curricula in several high school classrooms.   These curricula were selected after rigorous investigations were completed during the summer of 2011 by a team of Teachers in Residence and MST students.  The team confirmed that all three curricula fulfilled nine essential qualities including that they be inquiry based, have appropriate content, connect math and physical science, include useful assessments, teach the nature of science, engage students, include high quality teachers guides and resources, encourage student reflection, and cover systems, models, and scale.  Ensuring that each curriculum had previously been field tested and that research data backed its design was a final requirement, however this step was never completed.  During this seminar I will present an unbiased background for each curricula based on research performed by the publishers and/or third party sources.

Monday, January 30, 2012
Hill Auditorium, 165 Barrows Hall
3:00-4:00 pm 

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