Navigating through figured worlds: Making projects more engaging for students

January 1st, 2014 | RESEARCH

In-class projects can be an effective way for students to learn subject material that relates to authentic problems people address outside of classrooms. Jurow investigated middle-schoolers’ participation in an in-school math project based on the premise of creating a research station in Antarctica. Students’ engagement with the project and meaning making with math content shifted as students navigated through the different and often competing figured worlds of the classroom and “Antarctica.”


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Nicole Bulalacao, Author, Exploratorium

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Audience: Educators | Teachers | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals | Scientists
Discipline: Education and learning science | General STEM
Resource Type: Research Brief | Research Products
Environment Type: Informal | Formal Connections | K-12 Programs