Using a Design-Based-Research (DBR) framework to transform early science instruction in public schools: Lessons from the Modeling in Primary Grades (MPG) project
|Event Date:||September 28, 2017|
|Time:||3:30 - 4:20 PM
|School or Program:||Engineering Education
Ala Samarapungavan is a Professor of Educational Psychology in the Department of Educational Studies within the College of Education at Purdue University. Her research interests focus on cognition, learning, and reasoning. Her work explores how classroom variables, such as teacher-student or peer interactions, task or activity structures and material supports, influence students' engagement in STEM learning, reasoning, and epistemic cognition.
- Samarapungavan, A. (in press). Construing scientific evidence: The role of disciplinary knowledge in reasoning with and about evidence in scientific practice. In F. Fischer, K. Englemann, J. Osborne, & C. A. Chinn, (Eds.), Interplay of domain-specific and domain general aspects of scientific reasoning and argumentation Skills. Taylor and Francis.
- Samarapungavan, A., Bryan, L. and Wills, J. (2017), Second graders' emerging particle models of matter in the context of learning through model-based inquiry. Journal of Research in Science Teaching. doi:10.1002/tea.21394
- Samarapungavan, A., Wills, J., & Bryan, L.A. (in press). Exploring the scope and boundaries of inquiry strategies: What do young learners generalize from inquiry-based science learning? In E. Manalo, Y. Uesaka, & C. A. Chinn (Eds.). Promoting spontaneous use of learning and reasoning strategies: Theory, research, and practice. Singapore: Routledge.
- Exploring Biological Evidence (EBE): Helping Students Understand the Richness and Complexity of Evidentiary Constructs in Biology: (2017-2020). Agency: NSF (CORE), Award # 1,270,155.00. PI: Samarapungavan, A. Co-PIs: Pelaez, N., Gardner, S., Clase, K.
- Sensing Science through Modeling Matter: Kindergarten Students' Development of Understanding of Matter and Its Changes (2016-2020). Agency: NSF (DRK12), Award # 1621299. Amount: $2,641,415.00. PI: Staudt, C., Concord Consortium. Co-PIs: Bryan, L.A., & Samarapungavan, A.