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CREATE welcomes Finnish scholars for CESE conference

October 8, 2019
photo of CESE researchers

CREATE for STEM was delighted to host a multi-day conference in September 2019 that brought together the Crafting Engagement for Science Environments projects' principal investigators from Finland with the principal investigators here at Michigan State University. 

Dr.'s Joe Krajcik, Lappan-Phillips Endowed Professor of Science Education and CREATE Director, and Dr. Barbara Schmidt, Hannah University Distinguished Professor in the College of Education and Department of Sociology at MSU, welcomed Dr. Jari Lavonen and Dr. Katariina Salmela-Aro, both from the University of Finland, along with several of their colleagues who had contributed to the CESE research. 

CESE has been and continues to be an exciting and fruitful collaboration, focused on student engagement, Project-Based Learning, social and emotional learning, and creating a growth-mindset in traditionally underserved communities. An efficacy study has resulted in very positive data showing that the treatment group, on whom PBL instruction was used, score higher as measured by a three-dimensional science test. These results show the promise of utilizing PBL approaches in aligning science instruction with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). 

Joe visits Southern Africa

September 19, 2019
Joe with African hosts

CREATE director Joe Krajcik visited Southern Africa for three weeks in July 2019 in order to work with both the University of Pretoria's new Future Africa campus colleagues and culminating with a keynote presentation at the University of Johannesburg. 

Over the three-week winter break at the Southern Africa Association for Research in Math, Science, Technology & Education, Joe led the literature review strand for graduate students and early career educators who were invited to participate in a 3 ½ day workshop with various faculty and campus leaders. He then went on to the University of Pretoria, which was hosting its inaugural Writing Camp for faculty, staff and young career professionals all of whom are working toward being published. Joe worked with sixteen participants in order to provide writing mentorship and editorial guidance.   

To wrap up the three-week tour, The University of Johannesburg hosted a Supervision Enrichment Winter School Programme at which Joe was asked to give a keynote talk on mentorship. His presentation, “Reflections on Being a Good Mentor”, focused on what makes a good mentor, and also looked at the advantages/disadvantages of mentoring. 

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