Erin E. Peters-Burton

Erin E. Peters-Burton
George Mason University | GMU · Division of Elementary, Literacy, Multicultural, and Secondary Education

PhD

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Introduction
Erin E. Peters-Burton is the Donna R. and David E. Sterling Endowed Professor at George Mason University and Director of the Center for Social Equity through Science Education. Erin does research in Teaching Methods, Self-Regulated Learning, Computational Thinking, and STEM School Models. She is involve in the projects 'Developing a Model of STEM-Focused Elementary Schools (eSTEM)’ and ‘Fostering Computational Thinking with Self-Regulated Learning’ both funded by the National Science Foundation.
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March 2017 - present
George Mason University
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Publications (141)
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Learning through an integrated STEM framework has been shown to provide elementary students with numerous advantages over learning through isolated content instruction. All students, however, do not have access to high quality STEM instruction for reasons such as living in an under resourced community or their elementary school teachers feeling unp...
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The purpose of this explanatory, sequential mixed methods study was to examine pretest - posttest changes in high school teachers' knowledge of self-regulated learning (SRL) and their self-efficacy and skills in applying SRL following a professional development (PD) workshop. Teacher interviews and qualitative analyses were used to assess differenc...
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There is substantial research in science education about students’, teachers’, and scientists’ views of nature of science (NOS). Many studies have used NOS frameworks that focus on particular ideas such as tentativeness of scientific knowledge and cultural embeddedness of science. In this paper, we investigate NOS from the perspective of the Family...
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Basking sharks (Cetorhinus maximus) visit the coastal waters of Ireland annually, and while protected in Northern Ireland, they are not protected by domestic legislation in Ireland. In Ireland, basking shark conservation relies heavily on publicly reported sightings to assess population size and migration patterns. While basking shark tourism is po...
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In an effort to deepen learning in K-12 science classrooms, there has been a national movement to integrate computational thinking (CT). The purpose of this phenomenographic study was to understand teachers’ perceptions of the function and usefulness of a task analysis and a decision tree tool designed to help them with integration. Teachers partic...
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In-depth understanding of nature of science (NOS) moves beyond knowledge of discrete NOS aspects to consider connections among NOS aspects. This study presents three teacher cases pre to post a nature of science graduate course to explore the potential of an innovative analytic approach that focuses on the connections individual learners make among...
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This multiple case study examined how secondary science teachers supported their students’ self-regulated learning development after an intensive, year-long, professional development. The results suggest that the teachers largely used the SRL coaching strategies of observation and emulation, emphasized different SRL processes, while less than half...
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The development of inclusive STEM high schools that have no academic admission requirements has been a national goal in the United States. However, there is no umbrella organization that gives guidance for structuring such schools. The purpose of this study was to develop and validate a self‐assessment using critical components of successful inclus...
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The concept of schools that have a focused theme is not new. In the 1960s, the United States opened magnet schools as a protest against racially segregated schools (Waltrip, 2000). The former Soviet Union offered schools that specialized in physics and mathematics, sports, or foreign languages. The United Kingdom has offered specialized school prog...
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Building students’ knowledge of the nature of science (NOS) has potential to improve important elements of science literacy as students learn both a body of scientific knowledge and develop understanding of how that body of knowledge has come to be (Duschl 1990; Peters and Kitsantas 2010a). Over 20 years of evidence has demonstrated that a person’s...
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A key process in the discipline of science is argumentation, which has recently been receiving more attention in K-12 classrooms. The purpose of this multiple case study was to concurrently examine self-regulated learning processes (SRL) and learning outcomes of three teachers in a professional development (PD) on argumentation in science to assess...
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Editorial about integrating computational thinking practices into data analysis
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Students often need to obtain, organize, clean, and analyze data in order to draw conclusions about a particular phenomenon (e.g., why tidal heights change). When conducting a science investigation in biology, chemistry, physics, or Earth science, data can be collected by the student or can be provided to them via secondary data sets. This article...
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An understanding of how science is enacted and how scientific knowledge is generated, or the nature of science (NOS), is a major goal of science education. NOS views have almost exclusively been assessed using the Views of Nature of Science (VNOS) suite of instruments, which consists of open-ended questions. The purpose of this study was to investi...
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Increasingly, STEM focused high schools are used prepare students for college STEM majors and launch them into STEM careers. Yet a new focus on STEM education at the elementary levels suggests that the importance of STEM education is much broader than a preparation for workforce needs in high school or college. This paper describes a case study des...
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Background There is a need to arm students with noncognitive, or 21st Century, skills to prepare them for a more STEM-based job market. As STEM schools are created in a response to this call to action, research is needed to better understand how exemplary STEM schools successfully accomplish this goal. This conversion mixed method study analyzed st...
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The Walter Bracken STEAM Academy logic model describes the school model that was designed over 14 years by the Bracken leadership and staff. Informed by multiple data sources—including school observations and interviews with leaders, students, teachers, parents, partners and school documents —this logic model describes the uniqueness of Bracken’s S...
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Brentwood integrates STEM content and STEM habits of mind throughout the curriculum through the use of the Engineering Design Process. By encouraging student learning from failed attempts, Brentwood teachers embrace a growth mindset and encourage students to persist when there are barriers. Professional engineers work with teachers and students to...
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Douglas L. Jamerson, Jr. Elementary has a clear, coherent design based on the school’s engineering and mathematics theme. The central resources, school features, and student school experiences that collectively define Jamerson are depicted in the logic model in Exhibit 2. Jamerson strives to provide a diverse learning environment with highly qualif...
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Osseo Area schools were racially segregated as a result of de facto segregations based on housing patterns. To avoid a state-imposed desegregation plan, which may have included forced busing, the district chose to create magnet schools. Weaver Lake was converted to a magnet school in 2004 along with two other magnet schools with foci selected based...
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Summit Road STEM Elementary has a warm and supportive learning setting with a schoolwide focus on environmental science. As one of five STEM-focused schools in the Reynoldsburg City Schools district, students have the opportunity to pursue a stem education K–12. In its 7 years, Summit has been supported by high community demand and district support...
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To investigate the added utility of the Views of Nature of Science (VNOS), beyond scoring individual participants' conceptions, through an Epistemic Network Analysis (ENA). • Traditional rating of the VNOS was performed. Then an ENA was used to assess interconnections between NOS conceptions from responses on the VNOS. • The ENA pre-test map showed...
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Expanding quality STEM-related learning opportunities is a challenge that many schools and districts have addressed by creating schools with STEM education integral to their mission and design. With the success of STEM high school initiatives as well as the emphasis on the importance of STEM education generally, STEM-focused elementary schools have...
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In recent years, prominent organizations have released large-scale policy reports on the state of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education in the United States, with particular emphasis on curricula and instructional practices. The purpose of this paper was to examine the curriculum and instruction occurring at high perfor...
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The Next-Generation Science Standards (NGSS) challenge primary teachers and students to work and think like scientists and engineers as they strive to understand complex concepts. Teachers and teacher educators can leverage what is already known about inquiry teaching as they plan instruction to help students meet the new standards. This cross-case...
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In this chapter, we present lessons plans for high school life science courses addressing the topics of natural selection, and the processes of cellular respiration and photosynthesis. Each lesson plan emphasizes the use of innovative motivational- and SRL-enhancing instructional activities embedded within science activities. Using Zimmerman’s thre...
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In an attempt to broaden participation in STEM, a new type of high school is emerging, high schools which include a focus on engineering, have few or no academic admission criteria, and actively involve students of all levels of ability, known as Inclusive STEM High Schools (ISHSs). One aspect of successful ISHSs includes the intentional and explic...
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Computational thinking has often been overlooked in the K-12 settings, particularly in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). In this chapter, we present a social cognitive self-regulated learning approach for infusing computational thinking into teaching settings using science and engineering practices of NGSS. Self-regulated learning relat...
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Learning about the nature of science is a crucial part of being a scientifically literate citizen in the modern age. This paper examines parallels between nature of science instruction and the processes explained by self-regulated learning theory, with a particular emphasis on the extension of effective strategies for learners which can be enhanced...
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Inclusive STEM high schools (ISHSs) can be viewed as opportunity structures for students underrepresented in STEM. By opportunity structures, we mean an education that provides not only access to high quality STEM curriculum and instruction or “opportunity to learn,” but also the capacity to create learning environments where students can build STE...
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The small resident population of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in Dolphin Bay, Bocas del Toro, is the target of the largest dolphin-watching industry in Panama. Previous work has shown that intense dolphin-watching activity is negatively affecting this dolphin population. Thus, understanding tourist’s preferences and views on dolphin wat...
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Elementary teachers in the United States are tasked with teaching all core subject matter and have training that involves many topics, which may limit the depth of their subject matter knowledge. Since they have low content knowledge, they often feel less confident about teaching technical subject matter, such as science (Bleicher Journal of Scienc...
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Student engagement is important for teachers and researchers because it is associated with student achievement. Guided by self-determination theory, this year-long case study used observations and interviews to examine six students’ behavioral, affective, and cognitive engagement in integrated literacy and social studies tasks. Task differences wer...
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Professional scientists who pursue a teaching credential bring a great deal of background to students in a classroom, but they may have barriers to the ways they portray the field of science. This study used a multiple-case replication design to determine the role of epistemology in lesson plans of seven scientists becoming teachers. Data sources f...
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Over twenty years of evidence has demonstrated that a person’s epistemology plays a role in developing reasoning, connecting evidence and claims, and setting the foundation for learning approaches (Hofer & Pintritch, 2002; King & Kitchener, 1994). Although there is some disagreement among philosophers of science about what ideas comprise the nature...
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This instrumental case study of Manor New Tech High (MNTH) provides insight and understanding of a trend in U.S. education to create new STEM schools and increase the achievement of students underrepresented in STEM. MNTH was an inclusive, STEM-focused high school, in Manor, Texas. The creation of the school was stimulated by a statewide Texas STEM...
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In Bocas del Toro, Panama, unregulated dolphin-watching tourism has resulted in international concern. There are less than 100 resident bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops spp.) in Bocas del Toro that are genetically isolated from other populations in the Caribbean. Over just three years (2012-2014), at least 10 resident dolphins have died due to boat co...
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Abstract The purpose of this paper is to present a logic model that explains the success of eight “exemplar” inclusive STEM high schools located in seven states. The schools were selected for their track records of success, especially for students underrepresented in STEM. Using a conceptual framework that included ten critical components, we condu...
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The purpose of the study was to examine what scientists studying to become teachers know about the nature of science (NOS) before, during and after a course focused on NOS. The 16 scientists had an average of 9.7 years of work experience. The course was structured to teach knowledge about the aspects of NOS, demonstrate effective methods of teachin...
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This study investigated the effects of a 1-year professional development (PD) based on a cognitive apprenticeship model of research experiences on inservice teacher self-efficacy of science teaching, motivation, knowledge calibration, and perceptions of inquiry of 19 secondary earth science and biology teachers. The PD facilitator, who serves a dua...
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STEM Road Map: A Framework for Integrated STEM Education is the first resource to offer an integrated STEM curricula encompassing the entire K-12 spectrum, with complete grade-level learning based on a spiraled approach to building conceptual understanding. A team of over thirty STEM education professionals from across the U.S. collaborated on the...