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  • Assessing Performance Expectations

    Journal Article | March 2019

    A note from the Editor about this issue's theme

  • What to Expect With Group Work

    Journal Article | January 2021

    Instructors who wish to take advantage of the benefits of collaborative group work often hesitate over concerns about conflict or problems that arise between students. There are no estimates of the level of conflict…

  • Performance Expectation

    Collection | February 2020

    This collection shares resources to support a deeper understanding of performance expectations in new science standards.

  • Collaborating to Improve Performance Expectations

    Blog Post | August 2017

    Jessica Tetreault and I were the only two middle school teachers at a recent conference, so we were paired to create a common performance assessment that we could both use with our students in the coming months. She…

  • All Performance Expectations resources

    List | February 2020

  • How to Read the Next Generation Science Standards

    Page | April 2020

    How to Read the Next Generation Science Standards The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are distinct from prior science standards in three essential ways. 1) Performance. Prior standards documents listed what students should “know” or “understand.” These ideas needed to be translated into performances that could…

  • Designing Units and Lessons

    Page | March 2020

    Designing Units and Lessons Select lab experiments, readings, discussions, lectures, and other learning activities based on what students should learn and explicitly link them together in the unit. One example architecture for designing integrated instructional units is the BSCS 5E model, explained in Translating the…

  • Exploring the Role of Student Seating Preference and Performance in a Large Introductory STEM Course

    Journal Article | March 2023

    Most introductory courses are held in large lecture halls, with students typically sitting in either the front, middle, or back of the classroom. In a mixed-methods study of student attendance, performance, and seat…

  • How to Design a Performance Task

    Journal Article | March 2019

    Follow a sequence of steps to develop an authentic performance task.

  • Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences Performance Following the Transition to Remote Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Journal Article | August 2021

    Course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) are an alternative pedagogical approach to the apprenticeship model for high-impact research immersion experiences. A W.M. Keck-funded Research Immersion Program…

  • How Are the Standards Different?

    Page | March 2020

    How Are the Standards Different? New Standards for a New Generation In April 2013, the science education community welcomed  Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  The voluntary standards describe important scientific ideas and practices that all students should learn by the time they leave…

  • Comparing Student Performance and Satisfaction Between Face-to-Face and Online Education of a Science Course in a Liberal Arts University

    Journal Article | October 2021

    This study presents a quasi-experiment to assess differences in student performance and satisfaction between two different delivery modes—online and face-to-face education. We collected data from 747 (373 face-to-face…

  • Making Connections to Common Core

    Page | March 2020

    Making Connections to Common Core Evidence-based reasoning is the foundation of good scientific practice. The Next Generation Science Standards incorporate reasoning skills used in language arts and mathematics to help students improve mastery and understanding in all three disciplines. The Next Generation Science…

  • Behavioral Disorders

    Page | February 2020

    Behavioral Disorders Behavioral disorders also known as conduct disorders are one of the most common forms of disability among children and young adults and is the most frequently cited reason for referral to mental health services. The appearance of behavioral disorders is increasing dramatically in…

  • Nonideal Placement of Nonmajors in Biology Major and Allied Health Courses Results in Poor Performance and Higher Attrition Rates

    Journal Article | April 2020

    Nonideal enrollment of nonbiology majors into biology majors courses serves as an impediment to academic success and negatively impacts rates of college course completion. In this Institutional Review Board (IRB)-…

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