The ECT Lecture Series hosted Dr. Nancy Butler Songer on November 19, 2009.
In a globally competitive age, it is increasingly important that all students learn how to think critically about topics in science and mathematics. In addition, despite recent work in testing and accountability, test designers agree that most standardized tests are an insu cient means for evaluating complex thinking. This presentation will discuss work focused in the emerging area of Learning Progressions towards the design and evaluation of curricular units, learning technologies, and assessments designed to foster complex reasoning among 8-12 year olds.
Questions addressed include: What kinds of complex reasoning in science and mathematics do children need to be uent thinkers in a knowledge society? What are the distinctive characteristics of learning resources (e.g., curricular activities, learning technologies) that emphasize such essential knowledge?
Nancy Butler Songer's research expertise is in fostering middle school students' complex reasoning in science, particularly through the use of emerging technologies; and in principles of the design of technology-enhanced learning environments. Songer is Principal Investigator of the BioKIDS/DeepThink research group, and has been recognized as a National Science Foundation Presidential Faculty Fellow and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.