Pacific CRYSTAL Centre for Science, Mathematics, and Technology Literacy: Lessons Learned

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Larry D. Yore, Eileen Van der Flier-Keller, David W. Blades, Timothy W. Pelton, David B. Zandvliet
Springer Science & Business Media, Oct 25, 2011 - Science - 267 pages
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The University of Victoria Pacific Centre for Scientific and Technological Literacy is one of five Centres for Research into Youth, Science Teaching and Learning (CRYSTAL) funded for 5 years (2005–2010) by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Canada (NSERC). Pacific CRYSTAL intended to promote scientific, mathematical, and technological literacy for responsible citizenship through research partnerships with university and educational communities. Pacific CRYSTAL’s functional structure consisted of 3 research and development nodes connected to a leadership and administrative node, which was charged with facilitating the activities of 19 projects and 42 principal investigators, partners, and research associates. Node 1, an incubation centre, involved extracurricular authentic science, mathematics, and technology experiences; Node 2, a classroom testing environment, field-tested instructional ideas and strategies to develop evidence-based practices; and Node 3, lighthouse schools, involved systemic change and leadership opportunities that adapted, demonstrated, and disseminated tested ideas, resources, and strategies to a much broader education community and attempted to influence public policy. This book provides descriptions of the target goals, research and development projects, and lessons learned.
 

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Contents

Foundations of Scientific Mathematical and Technological Literacies
23
Authentic LearningInformal Environments and Extracurricular
45
A Case Study 67
66
Participatory Approaches in the Evaluation
83
Helping Teachers
113
Explicit Literacy Instruction Embedded in Middle School Science
133
Enhancing Science Education through an Online Repository
149
Inquirybased
164
Science
185
Lessons
203
The Development of a Placebased Learning Environment at
216
Epilogue of Pacific CRYSTALLessons Learned about Science
237
Pacific CRYSTAL Project Highly Qualified Personnel
253
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