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Project Title:

Supporting English Learners in STEM Subjects
PIN: DBASSE-BOSE-16-01        

Major Unit:

Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

Sub Unit: Board on Science Education
Board on Children, Youth, and Families

RSO: Stephens, Amy

Subject/Focus Area: Education

Project Scope
An ad hoc committee will examine research on supporting English Learners (ELs) in pre-K through 12th grades, with a focus on learning, teaching, and assessment in STEM subjects, including the role of language in learning STEM, successful programs or interventions both within the United States and abroad, and the professional development needs of STEM teachers with respect to ELs. The committee will consider the complex social and academic use of language delineated in national standards in math and science, the diversity of the population of ELs (e.g., age, language proficiency, country of origin, SES), and the integration of English as a second language instruction with core instructional programs in STEM. The committee will address the following questions:

1) Based on research-informed and field-tested models, strategies, and approaches, what are promising approaches to support ELs in learning STEM? Given the diversity within the EL population, what has worked, for whom, and under what conditions? What can be learned from these models and what additional research is needed to understand what makes them effective?

2) What is the role of teachers in supporting the success of ELs in STEM? What kinds of curriculum, professional development experiences, and assessment are needed in order for STEM teachers to improve their support for ELs in STEM?

3) How do policies and practices at the national, state and local levels constrain or facilitate efforts to better support ELs in STEM? What kinds of changes in policy and practice are needed? 

4) What are the gaps in the current research base and what are the key directions for research, both short-term and long-term?

Project Duration: 30 months    

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Committee Membership

 Meeting 1 - 04/10/2017
 Meeting 2 - 07/26/2017
 Meeting 3 - 10/26/2017
 Meeting 4 - 12/07/2017
 Meeting 5 - 03/22/2018


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