Science of Learning

Chart: Science of Learning

Caption: A center ball with the text "Science of learning" has seven outreaching arrows that connect to seven science of learning topics and make a continuous motion back into the core of the Science of Learning ball.

Collage Photo: (1) Math Games (2) Kids in Classroom

Caption: (1) On the right hand side: Second graders at Hartford Avenue University School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, invent their own math games. The school is a participant in the Milwaukee Urban Systemic Initiative. More about this Image The National Science Foundation (NSF) supports the Milwaukee Urban Systemic Initiative (MUSI). MUSI seeks to create fundamental changes in the way math and science is taught in the Milwaukee Public Schools. MUSI has aided Milwaukee Public Schools in setting curriculum standards and providing teachers with continuing education on inquiry-based teaching methods. Inquiry-based teaching is a form of teaching that operates on the premise that learning is not meaningful if a student is not curious about what they are being taught. The idea of inquiry-based learning dates back as far as Socrates, one of the first educators to use this form of education. One of the most successful components of MUSI involves identifying lead teachers—those whose methods of teaching are especially interactive and exciting–and providing them with in-depth training on inquiry-based curriculum. The training is taught by instructors at the Center for Mathematics and Science Education Research at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Once they’ve completed their training, the teachers will take this knowledge back to their schools and classrooms and share it with the other faculty. The program operates on the premise that peers listen better to peers and will be more receptive to listening to each other and sharing, rather than listening to their administrators.
(2) On the left-hand side: Education Department at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC). SDSC offers a wide range of education and community outreach programs that brings the cutting-edge research and science curriculum into the home and classroom. SDSC provides support to both local and national entities that promote mathematics and science education for K-12, undergraduate, and graduate level students.

Slide Text: The seven topics are: (A) Motivational, Emotional, and Social contexts (B) Biological Foundations (C) Mathematical, Statistical, and Computational Analyses (D) Feedback Networks (E) Learning Technologies (F) Machine Learning (G) Cognitive Processes

Source: (1) San Diego Supercomputer Center (2) Sam Castro, Univ. of Wis.-Milwaukee Research Profile Magazine; Milwaukee Urban Systemic Initiative (MUSI)

Website: (1) (2) N/A

NSF Funded: (1) Yes (2) Yes
Source: NSF/S. Raimo
Designed by: NSF/A. Jeon
In Image Library: (1) Yes (2) No
Original File: 2004 RC IHMC Florida kids.jpg

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