Beyond the 3 Dimensions: Integrating Identity and Interest in NGSS Geoscience Investigations
Oral Session Part of Monday B: Teacher Preparation, Professional Development and Policy Issues & Developing Geocompetencies
Susan Meabh Kelly, Connecticut State Department of Education
A Framework for K-12 Science Education (National Research Council, 2012) outlines research-informed ways to support more equitable engagement in science learning. This research suggests students should have opportunity to investigate issues of personal and community relevance, leveraging the diverse knowledge and skills they possess. In this way, science activities elicit and build upon students' prior interests and experiences, fostering students' identity as competent learners of science. This session outlines two high school geoscience investigations that are designed to fully reflect the framework's vision of "science for all".