Digital tools have the potential to make science learning more engaging, accessible, and challenging for all learners. Drawing upon technology and universal design for learning principles, we develop innovative learning resources—many of which have a special focus on engaging and motivating students who struggle in science class. Interested? Contact Ruth Krumhansl.
The development of scientific thinking and reasoning involves discourse, reading, writing, and engaging in argument from evidence. We seek to make the strong links between effective reading and writing instruction and inquiry-based science teaching visible to educators. Our strategies to weave reading and language arts instruction into P–12 science investigations, benefiting learning and thinking in both domains, help schools meet the Common Core State Standards. Interested? Contact Jackie Miller or Cynthia Hoisington.
The inquiry process builds students’ expertise in the National Research Council’s eight Science and Engineering Practices that students should master before they leave high school. When students take the lead in inquiry, they ask questions, define problems, analyze and interpret data, construct explanations, and engage in argument from evidence. Our inquiry-based P–12 curricula offer challenging learning activities that promote student-led inquiry, build students' data literacy skills, and support science teachers’ use of effective instructional techniques. Interested? Contact Ruth Krumhansl or Jackie Miller.
Central to EDC’s work in science is our ongoing commitment to research and evaluation across the discipline. We focus on meaningful and rigorous studies that produce usable and practical knowledge—impacting the broader science education field, informing key education decision-makers, policymakers, and stakeholders, and guiding us in improving our own products and services. Interested? Contact Abigail Levy or Jackie Delisi.
Opportunities for science learning abound outside of school. We help informal educators maximize the potential of their settings—afterschool programs, museums, science centers—to spark interest in science, support rigorous science learning, and engage children and youth in exploring science careers. We also study the effectiveness of out-of-school time science programs and interventions. Interested? Contact Charlie Hutchison or Leslie Goodyear.
We promote the management of science education knowledge by working to strengthen, synthesize, and share the results of various federally-funded programs. Creating and maintaining strong learning resource networks, we enable scientists, formal and informal science educators, and researchers to explore teaching and learning issues and innovations with their colleagues. Interested? Contact Sarita Pillai or Barbara Berns.
Our partnerships—with educators, school and district leaders, policy-makers, and other researchers—enable us to examine and address critical issues that face the field. To support the recruitment and retention of high-quality science teachers, we conduct research that examines factors influencing teacher turnover. Working closely with educators as design consultants, we develop, study, and deliver professional development and mentoring programs to successfully build the science teacher community. Interested? Contact Abigail Levy or Marian Pasquale.