In an attempt to foster inquiry-oriented learning in middle grades (grades 6 - 8), a technology mediated pedagogy integrating science and mathematics was promoted through Project SMILE (Science and Mathematics Integration for Literacy Enhancement). It involved in-service teachers in professional learning and classroom implementation over a period of two academic years, with the explicit goal of enhancing teachers' ability to foster more authentic inquiry in their classes. This chapter describes the design of Project SMILE in the context of recent reform efforts in science and mathematics education, along with the theoretical underpinnings for the design. Project activities, followed by the research methodology employed to investigate the impact on both teachers and students are described next. Finally, research results and their implications are discussed with an eye toward the usefulness of integrating science and mathematics and involving specific technological tools to foster greater inquiry-oriented learning in school science and mathematics.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Improving K-12 STEM Education Outcomes through Technological Integration|
|Number of pages||19|
|ISBN (Print)||1466696168, 9781466696167|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2015|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Sciences(all)