Education Department Chair Mike Taber is excited to be presenting a research paper he co-authored with two education majors, Elizabeth Benedict and Elizabeth Waterman.
Dr. Taber will present “The Cognitive Development of Visual Literacy for Scientific Symbolic Problem Solving” at the New Perspectives in Science Education Conference in Florence, Italy in March, 2015.
The paper examines the extent to which novice scientists (i.e. students just learning science) are able to holistically interpret data. Where is the science learner’s level of visual literacy in terms of spatial thinking, recreating visual representations of information in visual format(s), and communication of complex patterns?
The preliminary study examined how well participants employed visual literacy skills in solving a symbolically driven problem. Results showed that participants who possessed greater linguistic skills as well as spatial observation and reasoning skills were more likely to correctly identify all seven elements on the unknown cube face.
Congratulations, Elizabeth and Liz!
[From the Triangle Coalition for Science and Technology Education]
The U.S. Department of Education announced that STEM education is one of the new “absolute priorities” in the Investing in Innovation (i3) grants. The i3 competition was created under the Recovery and Reinvestment Act to encourage districts, along with community partners, to explore evidence-based, innovative approaches to improving student achievement. The first round in 2010 drew nearly 1,700 applications competing for a slice of $650 million.
The second round of i3 will be much smaller, providing a total of $150 million and awarding up to 22 winners. While the previous round required grant winners to secure 20% matching funds from the private sector, the matching requirements will be lower and scaled to the type of grant awarded. According to the Department of Education, the smaller matching fund requirement, along with fewer selection criteria are part of “simplifications” made in response to feedback from prior applicants and other stakeholders. Click here for more information.
All results for the 2011 Colorado Teaching, Empowering, Leading & Learning (TELL) survey are posted at http://www.tellcolorado.org. Principals and superintendents can use this data to gauge working conditions for teachers in schools.
Anyone interested in assessment will be interested in the new report from the Colorado Department of Education and the Department of Higher Education. The study shows that students who need remediation or who were on track toward postsecondary readiness could have been identified by looking at CSAP scores from as early as sixth grade. Click here for the full report. Continue reading
A February 2011 report from The New Teacher Project (TNTP) contains useful information, as districts are faced with difficult decisions entering budget planning for 2011. The Case Against Quality-Blind Teacher Layoffs: Why Layoff Policies that Ignore Teacher Quality Need to End Now.
The Colorado Department of Higher Education’s i3 website is available at http://highered.colorado.gov/i3/default.aspx. This site can be used to search Colorado higher education data and find state reports, like the annual Report on Remedial Education or the Report on Educator Preparation. Continue reading
The U.S. Department of Education has launched the dashboard at http://dashboard.ed.gov/dashboard.aspx. The dashboard shows what the U.S. Department of Education considers to be important indicators of how the nation, and each state, is progressing on the outcomes necessary to achieve the national goal. Continue reading
Please see the attached call for Proposals for information on the Assessment in Arts Conference at Rocky Mountain College or Art + Design. Assessment in Arts Conference CFP. Proposal deadline is February 28, 2011.