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TELS participants present in over 40 sessions at 2006 annual research conferences
April 2006
TELS partners and fellows participate in over 40 sessions of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the National Association of Science Teachers (NSTA), and the National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST) 2006 annual meetings, as well as the 2006 International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS). See the list of TELS presentations for more details.
TELS partner Doug Clark receives a Spencer Foundation Award
April 2006
TELS partner Doug Clark has received a Spencer Foundation Award. The Spencer Foundation provides funding for investigations that promise to yield new knowledge about education in the United States or abroad. Spencer Fellowship programs support educational researchers at different stages of their professional careers, providing resources to both beginning and senior researchers to pursue concentrated intellectual activity. Douglas Clark, a TELS research partner at Arizona State University, will participate in the fellowship program for two years beginning this fall. (Update, Fall 2009: Doug Clark is now a TELS partner and professor at Vanderbilt University. He leads the SURGE project.)

The proposed study investigates students' understanding of the scientific concept of "force" in Turkey, China, Korea, Mexico, and the United States. The study will contribute to the resolution of a central controversy among researchers of conceptual change regarding the structure and coherence of students' science knowledge. The study will employ an analytic framework developed through ongoing research at ASU along with two other analytic frameworks representing the predominant theoretical positions in the field. The goal is to apply and extend the analytic framework to provide a topological perspective (i.e., identifying coherence at different levels of behavior) for examining the integration of elemental and theory-like perspectives simultaneously. The study will contribute to this important theoretical debate by integrating multiple levels of analysis, allowing more precise questions to be addressed about the nature of students' knowledge structures. This study will additionally clarify the role of methodological and semantic/cultural differences in the findings of researchers on opposing sides of the controversy. Finally, findings about differences in how students from Mexico and other countries think about science topics like force and motion, in comparison to US English-monolingual students (who are more frequently studied), will inform the development of curricula that better support the underserved diverse student populations in US classrooms.
Representative George Miller meets with WISE and TELS
October 2005
US Representative George Miller meets with WISE and TELS researchers, teachers, and students. Congressman Miller attended Martinez Junior High School. On October 14th, he came to Berkeley and met with 6 students and teacher Priscilla Robinson from his alma mater to hear how science is taught today. As the students said, "With WISE, we learn more and we are more interested in science." Miller has championed innovation in education and fought tirelessly for improved public education.