ERIC Number: EJ1091570
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
The "Synergies" Research-Practice Partnership Project: A "2020 Vision" Case Study
Falk, John H.; Dierking, Lynn D.; Staus, Nancy L.; Wyld, Jennifer N.; Bailey, Deborah L.; Penuel, William R.
Cultural Studies of Science Education, v11 n1 p195-212 Mar 2016
This paper, describes "Synergies," an on-going longitudinal study and design effort, being conducted in a diverse, under-resourced community in Portland, Oregon, with the goal of measurably improving STEM learning, interest and participation by early adolescents, both in school and out of school. Authors examine how the work of this particular research-practice partnership is attempting to accommodate the six principles outlined in this issue: (1) to more accurately reflect learning as a lifelong process occurring across settings, situations and time frames; (2) to consider what STEM content is worth learning; (3) to examine learning as a cultural process, involving varied repertoires of practice across learners' everyday lives; (4) to directly involve practitioners (and learners) in the research process; (5) to document how existing and emerging technologies and new media are, and will continue, to shape and redefine the content and practice of STEM learning research; and, (6) to take into account the broader socio-cultural-political contexts of the needs and concerns of the larger global society.
Descriptors: Theory Practice Relationship, Partnerships in Education, Longitudinal Studies, STEM Education, Disadvantaged Environment, Early Adolescents, Science Interests, Scientific Literacy, Science Course Improvement Projects, Lifelong Learning, Educational Needs, Cultural Relevance, Influence of Technology, Context Effect, Middle School Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
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Identifiers - Location: Oregon