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SRI International Researchers to Present at AERA Annual Meeting
Researchers from SRI Education will lead sessions on STEM, Computer Science for All, Early Math Assessments and student use of out-of-school environments

MENLO PARK, Calif., April 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Researchers from SRI Education, a division of SRI International, will be featured speakers and presenters at the American Educational Research Association's (AERA) annual meeting.  The largest gathering of scholars in the field of education research will take place April 8-12, 2016 in Washington, D.C., with a focus on this year's event theme "Public Scholarship to Educate Diverse Democracies."

For decades, SRI Education researchers have been a resource for school districts, government agencies, foundations and corporations on some of the most pressing issues in education and learning. SRI's research-based insights are regularly applied to improve learning and teaching from early childhood to K-12 and post-high school.

At the 2016 AERA Annual Meeting, SRI Education researchers will showcase recent work in assessment, STEM education, and the movement toward providing computer science education for all students.

A complete schedule of SRI Education talks and presentations:

Featured SRI Education sessions include:

  • AERA Presidential Session: The Unique Role of Non-University Research Centers in the Study of Educational EquityDenise Borders, president, SRI Education – participant, Sunday, April 10, 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm, Convention Center, Level Two.
  • Development of an Early Mathematics Assessment to Evaluate the Promise of a Program for FamiliesSara Vasquez, Ximena Dominguez, Roundtable Session 4: Friday, April 8, 12:00 to 1:30pm, Convention Center, Level Two, Exhibit Hall D Section D. This session will discuss the development process of an early childhood mathematics assessment that was designed to evaluate the impact of a home intervention intended to promote young children's mathematics learning. The study is part of the summative evaluation of the CPB-PBS Ready to Learn Initiative, which is supported by the US Department of Education, and seeks to develop engaging, high-quality educational programming and resources for two- to eight-year-old children living in low-income households.
  • Invited Speaker Session: From Idea to Reality: Using Research, Policy, and Practice to Develop a K-12 STEM Indicator System - Barbara Means. Sunday, April 10, 2:45 - 4:15. Convention Center, Level Two, Room 204B. This symposium showcases an unprecedented effort involving numerous researchers and multiple government agencies working together to take the K-12 STEM education indicators from an idea to a reality. These cooperative efforts have included an NSF-funded cadre of projects to advance knowledge about how to measure the indicators and SRI support for NSF's efforts including development of a Road Map to guide the multiple indicator development activities; working with NCES to modify national surveys to track the indicators; and commissioning of concept papers from leading experts to explore the research and policy implications of the indicator system.
  • Learning, Instruction, and Motivation in Computer Science Education - Marie Bienkowski. Monday, April 11, 4:05 to 5:35pm, Convention Center, Level One, Room 145 A. In this session, the standard approach to programming in K-12 classrooms – where students are introduced to programming through blocks-based programming environments in which sections of code are grouped together and then they learn how to map the blocks together– will be discussed. SRI Education will present their framework that captures logged and clickstream data from students as they are working on programming problems. Computational models are then used to analyze the specific practices in programming logs, helping to assess the process for computational problem solving as it's happening when students are working in these programming environments. The goal is to develop automated assessments of the problem solving process, enabling CS teachers to intervene at the points where students encounter difficulties and provide support for deeper learning and understanding of more complex computational problem solving practices.
  • Brokering Future Learning Opportunities: Theoretical and Practical Considerations for Linking Youth to Out-of-School Time Opportunities - Timothy Podkul, Denise Sauerteig. Tuesday, April 12, 8:15 to 9:45am, Convention Center, Level One, Room 103 A. This session will discuss how youth connect and build upon positive experiences gained in Out-of-School Time (OST) environments to other contexts in their lives, such as school, future work, home, or online communities, and how youth act as knowledge brokers across different environments to construct and build capital that facilitates their learning and interest development. The employment of social network analysis, with individual youth as the unit of analysis, allows for a new lens on understanding the role social capital can play in learning across multiple settings.

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