Project NEXUS: The Maryland Upper Elementary/Middle School Science Teacher Professional Continuum Model

July 15th, 2005 - June 30th, 2012 | PROJECT

This research study involves collaboration between researchers at the University of Maryland, College Park and Bowie State University, an HBCU, to examine a multi-component pre-service model for preparing minority students to teach upper elementary and middle level science. The treatment consists of (1) focused recruitment efforts by the collaborating universities; (2) a pre-service science content course emphasizing inquiry and the mathematics of data management; (3) an internship in an after school program serving minority students; (4) field placements in Prince Georges County minority-serving professional development schools; and (5) mentoring support during the induction year. The research agenda will examine each aspect of the intervention using quantitative and qualitative methods and a small number of case studies.

Project Website(s)

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Team Members

James Mcginnis, Principal Investigator, University of Maryland College Park
Spencer Benson, Co-Principal Investigator, University of Maryland College Park
Scott Dantley, Co-Principal Investigator, Bowie State University


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: TPC
Award Number: 0455752
Funding Amount: 1605937


Audience: Elementary School Children (6-10) | Evaluators | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals | Undergraduate | Graduate Students
Discipline: Education and learning science | General STEM
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Afterschool Programs | Higher Education Programs | Informal | Formal Connections | Professional Development | Conferences | Networks | Professional Development and Workshops | Public Programs