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Executive Function + STEM

Why EF + STEM?

TERC is looking closely at the intersection of EF + STEM. Why? Because EF (Executive Function, the attention-regulation processes involved in goal-directed problem solving) is a critical foundation for engagement in STEM, and STEM has the potential to benefit children’s EF development. Our goal is to look at EF+STEM through the lenses of both neurodiversity and social equity.

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Projects and Other Work at TERC related to EF + STEM

Watch Jodi Asbell-Clarke’s TedXYouth Talk

On 4 November 2017, TERC’s Jodi Asbell-Clarke spoke on TedXBeaconSt about unleashing the potential of all learners, with the talk We Know More Than We Can Tell.

 

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INFACT (Including Neurodiversity in Foundational and Applied Computational Thinking)

INFACT

EdGE at TERC is working with a team of leading researchers and practitioners to design, develop, and implement an inclusive program for computational thinking in grades 3-8. INFACT will embed attention, metacognition, and social-emotional learning supports, customizable for the strengths and struggles of each unique learner.

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LEAP 4 (Building a Grades K-2 Early Algebra Learning Progression Prototype for Diverse Populations)

Leap Logo-1-1LEAP 4 focuses on the design of a Grades K–2 Early Algebra Learning Progression (EALP) that is responsive to culturally and linguistically diverse learners with exceptionalities, including learners with identified mathematics difficulties. This focus on a diverse population of learners promises to increase the generalizability of the EALP to wider-ranging populations.

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EF+STEM Information and Resources

A working group at TERC is exploring various aspects of EF, especially as they relate to STEM learning, our projects, and our vision of a future in which learners from diverse communities engage in creative, rigorous, and reflective inquiry as an integral part of their lives.

As part of this, we’ve assembled a set of basic information and resources (PDF). This is a living document, continually edited and updated.

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Publications by TERC Staff

Begolli, Kreshnik & Richland, Lindsey & Jaeggi, Susanne & Lyons, Emily & Wallace, Ellen & Matlen, Bryan. (2018). Executive Function in Learning Mathematics by Comparing Representations: Incorporating Everyday Classrooms into the Science of Learning. Thinking and Reasoning. 10.1080/13546783.2018.1429306. 

Lyons, E.M., Simms, N., Begolli, K.N., & Richland, L.E. (2018). Stereotype Threat Effects on Learning From a Cognitively Demanding Mathematics Lesson. Cognitive science, 42 2, 678-690.

 

Executive Function + STEM
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Jodi Asbell-Clarke, Teon Edwards, Scott Pattison

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