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Understanding Student Success in the Science Learning through Engineering Design (SLED) Partnership


The aim of the SLED Partnership is to increase grade 3-6 student learning of science by developing Indiana's first integrated, engineering design- based approach to elementary school science education. We hypothesize that authentic engineering learning tasks are more likely to hold the attention and interest of students and lead to deeper levels of science engagement and advance teacher understanding of a broader range of engineering practice. Students will gain and share new scientific knowledge with others to form a productive community of practice. Attention is given to innovative approaches including context mapping, word associations, and think-aloud protocols as a means of effectively capturing student learning and, furthermore, exploring the fidelity of teachers' instructional implementations of engineering-design based science lessons.

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