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DILAFRUZ WILLIAMS

Science in the Learning Gardens
Portland State University
Public Discussion
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    Ben Sayler

    Facilitator
    May 11, 2015 | 07:58 a.m.

    Delightful presentation! I’d be curious to know more about the types of assessments that you’re using to measure the impact of SciLG.

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    Dilafruz Williams

    Presenter
    May 12, 2015 | 12:58 a.m.

    Thank you, Ben. I hope that some day you will be able to visit the project.

    We are collecting various sets of data: Pre-post assessments based on NGSS aligned curriculum and we are researching motivational engagement derived from Self-Determination Theory. A previous longitudinal study showed promising trends in terms of students’ sense of self-efficacy. Dr. Ellen Skinner, professor of Psychology, serves as co-Investigator on this NSF project.

    Here is the source: Skinner, E. et al. (2012). Intrinsic Motivation and Engagement as “Active Ingredients” in Garden-Based Education: Examining Models and Measures Derived from Self-Determination Theory. The Journal of Environmental Education, 43(1), 16–36.

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    Ben Sayler

    Facilitator
    May 13, 2015 | 10:12 a.m.

    Excellent – thank you!

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    Jackie DeLisi

    Facilitator
    May 11, 2015 | 11:08 a.m.

    Fun video. I love the music and the feeling of being outdoors. How do students experiences in the gardens support their development of science and engineering practices?

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    Dilafruz Williams

    Presenter
    May 12, 2015 | 12:51 a.m.

    Thank you, Jackie. We love the marimba music which comes from one of the K-8 schools in the same district: Portland Public Schools. We have integrated research related to motivational engagement for this project. How can I send you an attachment to a longitudinal study that was done? This study shows promising trends in terms of students’ sense of self-efficacy. Dr. Ellen Skinner, professor of Psychology, serves as co-Investigator on this NSF project.

    Here is the source: Skinner, E. et al. (2012). Intrinsic Motivation and Engagement as “Active Ingredients” in Garden-Based Education: Examining Models and Measures Derived from Self-Determination Theory. The Journal of Environmental Education, 43(1), 16–36.

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    Tracy Williams-Murphy

    Guest
    May 11, 2015 | 01:32 p.m.

    Will the project ascertain longitudinal efficacy by following the students into high school (science)?

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    Dilafruz Williams

    Presenter
    May 12, 2015 | 12:42 a.m.

    Thank you, Tracy. for the three year duration of the grant, we will follow them through eighth grade. Our team hopes to write a grant to do exactly what you suggest: also offer science in the learning gardens at the high school level. Since we are researching motivational engagement and have already seen positive trends, it would be important to pursue this path in high school too.

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    Randy Kochevar

    Facilitator
    May 11, 2015 | 06:53 p.m.

    This looks like a fun program! How many students will be involved?

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    Dilafruz Williams

    Presenter
    May 12, 2015 | 12:40 a.m.

    Thank you, Randy! There are approximately 230 sixth graders this year; we will follow the students to seventh and eighth grades in years 2 & 3 respectively, through 2017.

    If you are come to Portland, let us know. We can arrange a site visit.

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    Jean Aguilar-Valdez

    Guest
    May 12, 2015 | 09:02 p.m.

    Such a powerful program! I hope to visit the Gardens someday and chat about it from many angles!

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    Nakisha Nathan

    Guest
    May 13, 2015 | 01:08 a.m.

    Jean, thank you for your support! It was great to meet and speak with you about our students’ perspectives on science earlier today. I look forward to seeing you in the gardens.

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    Gulnar kawas

    Guest
    May 14, 2015 | 01:24 a.m.

    This was awesome. It brought back memories of the fun times my kids had, with their gardening projects and the composting science project they had done. Thank you

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    Debra Clemans

    Guest
    May 14, 2015 | 06:52 p.m.

    What a great way to engage middle school students in STEM learning. They get so much more than they do from a textbook! Fun, fresh air, lifelong gardening skills and learning science, too!

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