A Learning Progression to Support the Development of Model-BasedReasoning
This proposal is to develop and test a learning progression for modeling that spans the elementary and middle school grades (Grades 1-6). Modeling instruction will be organized around concepts in life sciences that cumulate to a strong conceptual understanding of micro- and macroevolution. PIs and the National Science Research Center will work directly with participating teachers to support their content knowledge and their appropriation of modeling approaches to science instruction. Research will focus on both the development of students’ biological concepts and their modeling practices.