The Synergies research–practice partnership project: a 2020 Vision case study

Date: 
Sunday, November 1, 2015
Resource Type:
Peer-reviewed article | Research Products
Environment Type: 
Media and Technology, Public Programs, Community Outreach Programs, Professional Development, Conferences, and Networks, Exhibitions, Informal/Formal Connections
Audience: 
Elementary School Children (6-10) | Middle School Children (11-13) | Youth/Teen (up to 17) | General Public | Educators/Teachers | Museum/ISE Professionals | Learning Researchers
Discipline: 
Education and learning science | General STEM
Organization:
Oregon State University, University of Colorado Boulder
Description: 

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) more accurately reflect learning as a lifelong process occurring across settings, situations and time frames; (2) consider what STEM content is worth learning; (3) examine learning as a cultural process, involving varied repertoires of practice across learners' everyday lives; (4) directly involve practitioners (and learners) in the research process; (5) 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) take into account the broader socio-cultural-political contexts of the needs and concerns of the larger global society.

Funder(s): 
Private Foundation
Citation
DOI:
10.1007/s11422-015-9716-2
Publication Name: 
Cultural Studies of Science Education
Volume: 
11
Number: 
1
Page Number: 
195-212

Team Members

John H FalkAuthor
Nancy StausAuthor
Jennifer WyldJennifer WyldAuthor
Deborah BaileyDeborah BaileyAuthor
Bill PenuelAuthor

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