Practice Brief 77

Building Family-Centered Models for Science Education through Learning in Places

  • Email Feedback
  • -BACKGROUND

Why it Matters to You

What Is The Issue?

Families and communities are always engaged in complex sensemaking about scientific phenomena—navigating social and ecological systems through everyday observations, questions, and decisions. Place-emergent science investigations are powerful opportunities for families to consciously engage in collaborative scientific sensemaking and culturally regenerative interactions. Family and home-based activities represent opportunities for educators to re-think and re-shape science learning in ways that put partnerships with families at the center. Frameworks and lessons from the Learning in Places project can support families and educators in this endeavor.

Image source: the Learning in Places project, learninginplaces.org

Authors:

BY JORDAN SHERRY-WAGNER, PRIYA PUGH, ABBY RHINEHART, CHRISTINA GUEVARA, MEGAN BANG, CARRIE TZOU & PHILIP BELL | AUGUST 2021


Reflection Questions

  • How are the learners you work with already engaging in activities with their families around science phenomena? How could you find out?
  • How can your school/institution support family and community engagement in designing curricula and learning? Reflect further with the Self-Assessment for Family Engagement.

Things to Consider

Attending to Equity

Recommended Actions You Can Take

Learning in Places Family and Community Engagement Framewor
Learning in Places Family and Community Engagement Framework


ALSO SEE STEM TEACHING TOOLS


  • Email Feedback
  • -BACKGROUND



STEM Teaching Tools content copyright 2014-19 UW Institute for Science + Math Education. All rights reserved.
This site is primarily funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) through the Research + Practice Collaboratory (Award #1238253). Opinions expressed are not those of any funding agency.

Work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 Unported License. Others may adapt with attribution. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Opinions expressed are not those of any funding agency.