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Popular Capitol Hill Science Exhibit Highlights Math and Science Education
By Heather O'Beirne Kelly
APA co-sponsored an exhibit with the American Educational Research Association (AERA) for the annual Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) Capitol Hill Exhibit and Reception on June 7th. Marcia Linn, University of California-Berkeley Chancellor?s Professor and a Fellow of APA Divisions 15 and 35, presented her National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded research on the use of technology in teaching middle- and high-school math and science.
Linn studies math and science education from both the learner and teacher perspectives. She is director of the Technology Enhanced Learning in Science (TELS) Center at Berkeley, where scientists design and test learning environments that incorporate educational software and simulations of scientific phenomena to help students master complex scientific concepts and methods for inquiry. The TELS Center, one of the NSF-funded Centers for Teaching and Learning, has developed partnerships with seven universities and seven school districts, bringing together researchers with middle and high school educators. The research Linn presented involves the use of technology to teach middle and high school students scientific concepts in a more exciting and effective way than is used traditionally.
The evening event aims to highlight stellar research supported by NSF for Members of Congress and their staff. Given recent congressional threats to the NSF behavioral science portfolio, this was an important year to emphasize the critical roles psychological science plays in addressing national challenges such as science and math education. Linn discussed the results of her center?s research with Members of Congress including Reps. Bob Etheridge (D-NC), Howard Coble (R-NC) and Vern Ehlers (R-MI), as well Arden Bement, Director of NSF, and his Deputy Director, Kathie Olsen.