research to learn more about students' civic
actions to overcome harms linked to fields of
science & technology.
|Ways to be
Involved with STEPWISE
The STEPWISE project appears to have developed many positive results, several of which are summarized here. If such results interest you, there are several ways you can get involved in this movement - such as those summarized below;
Seminars and Workshops
We are mainly interested in conducting research as we work - usually over several months - with teachers and others involved in science and technology education to implement teaching/learning approaches that promote principles of STEPWISE. Sometimes, however, I (and/or graduate students with whom I work) offer shorter (e.g., 1-2 hours) seminars and/or workshops - as suggested here.
Facilitated Action Research
As described above, we would most like to work with teachers and/or others involved in science and technology education to co-develop educational approaches that may enable students to eventually self-direct RiNA projects to address harms they perceive in STSE relationships. Briefly, in doing so, while we may suggest some particular perspectives and approaches, we will encourage those with whom we work (e.g., teachers, consultants, government officials, etc.) to independently make decisions about their goals and practices. During such activities, though, we will want to collect (mostly qualitative) 'data' (e.g., interviews & student assignment samples) and - often working with the teacher, etc. - analyze data and develop reports that may be published in different forms (e.g., blogs, magazines, journals, conference or workshop presentations, books).
Research and publication activities like these are not overly-planned by us, however. Instead, we typically negotiate topics with people and groups with whom we work. Nevertheless, we often are interested in factors (e.g., here) that may influence the nature and extent of student-led RiNA projects.
Most often, we have worked to facilitate action research with science teachers in elementary and secondary schools to encourage and learn about students' RiNA projects like those above. However, other research contexts have included:
funding from SSHRC
for action research over the next 3-4
years, we are interested in working
with academics in fields of science
and technology studies (STS)
to develop more realistic educational
materials regarding harms
in STSE relationships that may be
effectively used in school science and
technology contexts to encourage and
enable students to develop and
implement socio-political actions
to address such harms..
In working with teachers, student-teachers, community youth educators and others, we usually try to involve them in publications relating to their work with us. Typically, these start with conference presentations before moving to publishing in journals and books. Some possibilities include:
to Join STEPWISE
To broaden the scope of STEPWISE implementation and research, we feel we must work with a great variety of people and groups, at least including (in no particular order): teachers, students, consultants, principals, government officials, school district officials, community activists, etc. Broadly, our goals include learning about education from participants, but also helping them to learn and to publish their work - which we have done in numerous ways, as indicated on my online CV. If you are interested in working with us (usually graduate students and me) in various ways, please write to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. To help decide about joining us, you might read the flyer linked at left and/or the project summary and/or foldable brochure.