Resource Library

EDC’s Learning and Teaching Division produces resources in the form of reports, books, Web-based tools, and multimedia for stakeholders across the education continuum. Some of these resources are developed exclusively by EDC while others are the result of collaborations with federal and state government, universities, foundations, and other funders.

Title Description Type Yearsort descending
Picturing What’s Possible—Portraits of Science Inquiry in Early Childhood Classrooms

This article describes examples of teacher planning, implementation, and evaluation of inquiry-based science explorations in early childhood classrooms from the perspective of a science mentor for early childhood teachers enrolled in the...

Publication 2010
A Walk in the Woods: A Home/School Collaboration to Support Young Children’s Science Learning

The Arnold Arboretum is a public “tree museum” that sits on more than 300 acres of parkland in Boston. Like many public parks, the arboretum uses a percentage of its funding to provide nature education for adults and schoolchildren, facilitated...

Publication 2010
Examining the Student Impact Following an Online Professional Development Course for High School Biology Teachers

This paper, presented at the 2011 National Association of Research on Science Teaching Conference, describes findings from a study that examined the relationship between a high-quality, online professional development program for high-school...

Publication 2011
Using Students' Naïve Theories to Design Games for Middle-Grades Science

Presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, this paper reports on one phase of a long-term research and development project that is creating video game modules for middle-school science classrooms. The games are...

Publication 2011
No Teacher Left Unqualified

The authors examine the impact of NCLB "through the lens of science." The article considers the NCLB definition of "highly qualified teacher," explores the combined nature of federal and state mandates, and highlights how science teachers and...

Publication 2011
What Students Really Want in Science Class

What helps high-school biology students learn science? This article shares the digital resources and other classroom activities students from eight New York high schools told the author help them learn science. Students said they are most engaged...

Publication 2011
The Science of Professional Development

Data from a recent study show that investing in science teachers’ professional growth and teaching ability is a wise choice. However, the professional development must have the right content (the science discipline that teachers are actually...

Publication 2012
Possible Worlds Video

How can digital games support conceptual learning? And how can games be made accessible and useful for teachers? Those are the questions addressed by Possible Worlds, a five-year research and development effort led by EDC. The project, funded by...

Video 2012
Inquiring into Science Instruction Observation Protocol (ISIOP)

This secondary grades classroom observation protocol is designed to assist evaluators and researchers in quantitatively describing the extent to which various aspects of science teaching are present in a given lesson. The tool and its supporting...

Publication 2013
Visualizing Oceans of Data: Educational Interface Design

Large, high-quality scientific data sets that are newly available online allow today’s science students to incorporate working with authentic data into their learning experiences, giving them virtually unlimited opportunities to participate in...

Publication 2013
STEM Smart Brief Series

EDC is the National Science Foundation's partner in disseminating the findings of the National Research Council's Successful K-12 STEM Education and ...

Publication 2014
Exploring Trees and Ponds Activity Guide: Winter Ponds

One of a three-part series, this Guide features activities that bring middle school youth outdoors to explore the natural world using observation, digital photography, drawing, activity challenges, and scientific experiments. Written by EDC’s...

Publication 2014
Exploring Trees and Ponds Activity Guide: Fall Trees

As youth observe trees and plants, they develop a better understanding of the environmental conditions that affect how trees and plants grow. One of a three-part series, this Guide features engaging activities that bring middle school youth...

Publication 2014
Exploring Trees and Ponds Activity Guide: Spring Trees

One of a three-part series, this Guide features engaging activities that bring middle school youth outdoors to explore the natural world using observation, digital photography, drawing, activity challenges, and scientific experiments. Written by...

Publication 2014
Young Children Can Be Taught Basic Natural Selection Using a Picture-Storybook Intervention

Published in "Psychological Science," this article describes a study that examined 5- to 8-year-olds’ capacities to learn a basic but theoretically coherent mechanistic explanation of adaptation through a custom storybook intervention. The...

Publication 2014
Education Week Commentary: For Science Standards, Begin at the Beginning

In this Education Week Commentary, the authors suggest that the wisest strategy to ensure effective implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is to phase the standards in slowly, starting with a school's earliest...

Publication 2014
Oceans of Data Institute

EDC's Oceans of Data Institute is working to bring Big Data into the pre-college classroom. Its website offers an array of free resources, information about its current intiatives, and updates on its research, convenings of experts, and...

Publication 2014
Electronic Teacher Guide Prototype

This is a prototype electronic teacher's guide for a 12-week genetics unit in the National Science Foundation-funded curriculum titled Foundation Science: Biology. The guide, which is based on an existing print guide, has a flexible...

Publication 2014
Possible Worlds

This free website has been named a "Site of the Week" by eSchool News. The site offers free digital games and instructional resources targeted to help middle school science teachers address students' persistent misconceptions. The games...

Publication 2014
Profile of the Big-Data-Enabled Specialist

In this profile, developed for K-12 educators and policymakers, higher education administrators, and professionals in big-data-enabled fields, the authors identify what someone needs to know and be able to do in order to be successful in the...

Publication 2014