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THE CENTER FOR EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT & INNOVATION

GRANT PROPOSAL SUBMISSION

“Promoting Scientific Literacy Among Hispanic Pre-Service Teachers Through an Inquiry-based Language-infused Model”

Principal Investigator:
Dr. Sandra P. Mercuri, Associate Professor/Chair
Department of Language, Literacy, and Intercultural Studies

Co-Principal Investigators:
Dr. Sandra I. Musanti, Assistant Professor
Department of Language, Literacy, and Intercultural Studies

Dr. Ming-Tsan Pierre Lu, Assistant Professor
Department of Teaching, Learning, and Innovation

Dr. Brendan H. O'Connor, Assistant Professor
Department of Language, Literacy, and Intercultural Studies

Dr. Phillip Dukes, Associate Professor of Physics
Department of Physics & Astronomy

Dr. Mario C. Diaz, Professor of Physics and Director
Center for Gravitational Wave and Astronomy

Offering Agency:
National Science Foundation
Discovery Research (K-12) DRK-12

Amount and Project Period:
$450,000 over 3 Years

Date Submitted:
December 06, 2013

Project Description:

This three-year exploratory research study focuses on testing an inquiry-based language infused (IBLI) model of teaching physics to Hispanic pre-service K-8 teachers (PT). At the core of this project is an interdisciplinary collaboration of the UTB College of Education and Department of Physics and Astronomy. The collaboration intends to explore a PT education model for STEM disciplines that could contribute to improving Hispanic bilingual PTs’ learning of STEM content and development of scientific literacy. The project has two goals: (a) the iterative implementation of inquiry-based language-infused science learning progressions in two undergraduate physics courses for pre-service Hispanic teachers; and (b) the assessment of the impact of the model on Hispanic pre-service teachers’ understanding of physics concepts and scientific literacy.

 

“TEACHING, LEARNING AND SCHOLARLY INQUIRY FOR AN INTERCULTURAL WORLD”

Please contact Prisci Roca Tipton at 956-882-5722 for more information related to this Grant Proposal Submission.

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