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Impacts on student understanding of scientific practices and crosscutting themes through an NGSS–designed computer-supported curriculum and instruction project

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  • Susan A. Yoon
  • Jessica Koehler-Yom
  • Emma Anderson
  • Murat Oztok
  • Eric Klopfer
  • Ilana Schoenfeld
  • Daniel Wendel
  • Josh Sheldon
  • Hal Scheintaub
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Publication date7/06/2015
Host publicationExploring the Material Conditions of Learning: The Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) Conference 2015
EditorsOskar Lindwall, Päivi Häkkinen, Timothy Koschmann, Pierre Tchounikine, Sten Ludvigsen
PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences
Pages142-149
Number of pages8
Volume1
ISBN (Electronic)9780990355069
Original languageEnglish
Event11th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning - The University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden
Duration: 7/06/201511/06/2015

Conference

Conference11th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning
CountrySweden
CityGothenburg
Period7/06/1511/06/15

Conference

Conference11th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning
CountrySweden
CityGothenburg
Period7/06/1511/06/15

Abstract

This paper presents a curriculum intervention intentionally designed to align with
Next Generation Science Standards in the high-school biology classroom. The project emphasizes learning about complex systems through an agent-based modeling tool called StarLogo Nova. Five curricular units have been developed on the topics of enzymes, ecology, protein synthesis, gene regulation, and sugar transport. In this exploratory study we were interested in understanding the extent to which students demonstrated understanding and skills in NGSS areas as they were designed. Evidence is gleaned from classroom observations and
interviews with 50 students selected from the larger population of 352 students who worked with project resources during the 2013-2014 school year. Findings revealed that students demonstrated understanding and skills in all NGSS scientific practices and crosscutting themes particularly in the areas of developing and using models, analyzing and interpreting data, cause and effect, and systems and system models.