INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH INSTITUTE IN STEM EDUCATION
STEM education needs opportunities for researchers from diverse backgrounds to engage collaboratively in inter-theoretical research on a richly featured shared data set, in order to catalyze complex problem-solving while aligning researchers around common tools and questions. Physics education research (PER) is an interdisciplinary research area in which collaborations among diverse researchers can bridge knowledge gaps and spark innovation. At the Interdisciplinary Research Institute in STEM Education (I-RISE), scholars from diverse backgrounds gather to observe, document, and reflect on an instructional setting rich enough to support many interests. The objectives of the I-RISE are:
FEATURES OF THE INSTRUCTIONAL SETTING
Highly visible learning: Participating teachers use multiple representations (including kinesthetic learning activities, white boards, small group discussions, and large-group consensus building) both for presentation and for idea development. Teachers cooperatively create, analyze, critique, and refine representations in order to learn about energy and also learn the constraints and affordances of each representation. Small-group collaborative work alternates with whole-class consensus discussions. Teacher-teacher interactions are unparalleled for self-motivated professional learning and depth of intellectual engagement.
Scholar-selected topics: To a significant extent, I-RISE topics are determined by the Scholars. A major benefit of the I-RISE format is the opportunity it offers for Scholars to bring their particular expertise to a shared data set, in a setting that fosters interdisciplinary collaboration. I-RISE Scholars are encouraged to pursue self-determined research projects on the data they collect, driven by their own professional goals and stimulated by their unique reflections on what takes place in the PD course. For example, a Scholar may come to the I-RISE with expertise in the use of gesture in scientific explanations and may pursue an investigation of gestures depicting energy, based on observations made in the PD course.
IMPACT ON SCHOLARS
Experience with past related conferences has led us to expect the following outcomes for particular Scholars:
Leslie Atkins, Assistant Professor, Physics & Sci Educ, Cal State Univ - Chico
Jessica Bartley, Teacher, Physics, Tara High School, Boulder, Colorado
Abigail Daane, Graduate Student, Education, Seattle Pacific University
Dorothy Echodu, Project Director, Teso University, Uganda
Benjamin Geller Graduate Student University of Maryland - College Park
Renee Michelle Goertzen, Postdoctoral Fellow, Florida International Univ, Miami
Kayla Hegedus, Undergraduate Student, Physics, Whitman College, Washington
Emma Kahle, Undergraduate Student, Physics, Columbia University
Sandy Martinuk, Graduate Student, Univ of British Columbia
Amy Robertson, Visiting Asst Prof, Physics, Seattle Pacific University
Benjamin Spike, Graduate Student, Physics, Univ of Colorado - Boulder
Lindsay Wells Knowles Science Teaching Fellow Millbrook High School
Tasha Williams Undergraduate Chicago State University
Benjamin van Dusen Graduate student University of Colorado - Boulder
Joshua von Korff Postdoc Kansas State University
DATES, HOUSING, AND HOW TO APPLY TO THE I-RISE
The dates of the 2013 I-RISE are August 4-20. Scholars must commit to attending the entire I-RISE (no late arrivals, early departures, or missed days, except weekends).
Scholars who are admitted to the I-RISE will be awarded a small honorarium of $1000 for the session (12 days). No other support is offered. For Scholars who are accepted to the program, on-campus housing in university apartments is available for a reduced price ($42.00 nightly or $260 weekly, per person). Once admitted, Scholars may sign up for housing by filling out the appropriate form and sending it with payment to SPU's Conference Services. The course name is " Energy One 5013".
To apply, please fill out the 2013 I-RISE Application. The deadline is March 29, 2013. Admissions will be finalized by April 15, 2013.
ENERGY PROJECT SCHOLARS-IN-RESIDENCE
Collaborators from around the country visit Seattle Pacific University during the academic year to observe and study our research methodologies, our approach to professional development, our pedagogical understanding of energy, and our theoretical development. Each of the following researchers has visited our team for at least one week of intensive collaboration.
Scholars-in-Residence visit Seattle Pacific University for a week or more of intensive collaboration with the Energy Project team on a specific topic of mutual interest. To apply, contact Rachel Scherr.
Warren Christensen, Assistant Professor of Physics, North Dakota State University **
Emma Kahle, High School Student, Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences
Beth Lindsey, Assistant Professor of Physics, Penn State Greater Allegheny
Vashti Sawtelle, Graduate Student, Florida International University, Miami
Eleanor Sayre, Assistant Professor of Physics, Wabash College, Crawfordsville
** Christensen’s visit was funded by a Scholar in Residence award from the Physics Education Research Topical Group of the American Association of Physics Teachers.
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