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Knowledge Assets to Support the Science Instruction of Elementary Teachers (A...

NSF Awards: 1417838

2018 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades K-6

Knowledge Assets to Support the Science Instruction of Elementary Teachers (ASSET) developed a method to collect and synthesize PCK on two science topics aligned with 5th grade disciplinary core ideas from the NGSS: 1) 5-PS1-1: Structure and Properties of Matter (which we refer to as the small particle model, or SPM) and 2) 5-LS2-1: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems (which we refer to as interdependence).  ASSET’s method involved reviewing all relevant empirical and practitioner literature, as well as collecting PCK from practicing teachers through surveys and interviews.  The collected and synthesized PCK was used to create a web-based resource for elementary teachers, with PCK embedded into activities for teacher use.  The activities are called “student experiences” and are linked together in “driving question pathways.”  The embedded PCK within the student experiences includes teacher content knowledge background, guiding questions, common patterns in student thinking, and implementation tips.  Our intent is that embedding PCK within student experiences makes it much more likely that teachers will take up the PCK than if they read it removed from the activities (e.g., in journals).  We have piloted the website materials with a small group of teachers from across the country, using their feedback to make improvements before releasing the resource to a wider audience.

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