Version: 3


Principal Investigator: Sara J Lacy

Funders: National Science Foundation


Responding to a need for a coherent pedagogical approach to teaching energy and matter, this exploratory project is researching and developing a proposed grade 3-5 learning progression that provides a strong base for understanding energy in middle school. Project researchers will identify core concepts that will develop across multiple grades and structure the learning progression; interview children to identify precursors to the core concepts, as well obstacles to learning them; work with teachers to conduct “teaching interviews” in urban after-school settings to explore key learning experiences that would allow students’ understanding of core ideas to progress; and design and disseminate the progression and blueprint with suggestions to extend the material to a complete K-12 energy learning progression.