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The Simulations in Teacher Education Conference (NSF Grant #1813476) was facilitated by ETS and the University of Central Florida in February 2019, and was aimed toward building a research and development agenda for examining the role of simulations in K–12 science and mathematics teacher education. The conference was structured to provide opportunities for attendees to share their current research, theoretical models, conceptual views, and use cases focused on the design and use of simulations for building and assessing K–12 science and mathematics teachers’ competencies.
Watch the Stem for All Video Showcase to see photos and video from the conference.
The conference was organized around several major goals, including:
Prior to the start of the conference, each conference attendee — working either individually or with a small team — authored a brief paper to describe the focus of their current work developing, using, and/or studying the role of simulations in K–12 science and mathematics teacher education. In addition to an overview, each short paper included a description of the project's guiding theory of action explaining how the key features of the simulation model being used are hypothesized to develop teachers' competencies. Each short paper also described the project's main research findings (if applicable) and learnings, and posed some ideas and questions about future directions for work in this area.
View the conference short papers (PDF).
Following their short paper submissions, each conference attendee had an opportunity to read and review a set of four short papers written by other conference attendees about their current work developing, using, and/or studying the role of simulations in K–12 science and mathematics teacher education. After reading these short papers, each conference attendee then authored a paper to synthesize ideas across the various projects. Each synthesis paper highlighted observations about the commonalities and/or differences in how the authors of the short papers define simulations, in the theories of action used, and in the lines of research and development described.
View the conference synthesis papers (PDF).
Below are presentations of some of the conference sessions. View the full conference schedule (PDF).
Julia Jackson Cohen, University of Virginia
Plenary Session #1: Exploring Use Cases and Assessment Design — Simulation Models and Theories of Action in Science
Plenary Session #2: Exploring Use Cases and Assessment Design — Simulation Models and Theories of Action in Mathematics
Plenary Session #3: Exploring Use Cases and Assessment Design — Simulation Models and Theories of Action Targeting Special Populations in Science and Mathematics