Research & Publications

Our research takes a design-based approach, meaning that we seek to contribute simultaneously to theory and practice. The focus of the research is to understand how to design learning environments that foster young adults’ science literacy and engagement through authentic science news reporting with infographics. We aim to produce publications and presentations that are relevant to both teachers and researchers.

In the first phase of our research (2012-14), our research question was, “How can the collaborative critique and construction of infographics be organized to foster high school students’ science literacy?” In order to address this question we focused on both the process and product aspects of participants’ engagement.

In SLI, our research questions are:

  • What are the critical aspects of a sociotechnical system for engaging teens in data journalism using infographics that lead to appropriation of science and mathematical literacy? In other words, what technical capabilities must be in place, and what social structures must exist for effective use of tools to take place?
  • How can data journalism with infographics be effectively implemented in diverse learning environments, taking into account contextual factors?

Publications

SLI Publications

Conference Presentations

2015

  • Gebre, E., & Polman, J. L. (2015, April). Characterizing student-generated inscriptional forms in the context of science news infographics authoring. Paper to be presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Polman, J. L., Whitacre, M., Kohnen, A., Davidson, R., & Gebre, E. (2015, April). Adapting a nascent science and data journalism model to diverse educational contexts over time. In I. Tabak & Kyza, E., Prospects and Challenges in Teacher Curricular Adaptation Across Disciplines. Symposium to be conducted at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Lamb, R., & Polman, J. L., (2015, March). Beyond traditional graphing: Student-created infographics to visualize STEM data and ideas. Workshop presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the National Science Teachers Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Polman, J. L., Lamb, R., Gebre, E., & Newman, A. (2015, March). Organizing effective feedback processes for students learning with infographics. Workshop presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the National Science Teachers Association, Chicago, IL.

2014

  • Polman, J. L. (2014, June). Citizen science journalism. 2014 Cyberlearning Summit, Madison, WI.
  • Graville-Smith, C. (2014, May). “Why Should I Care?” Contextualizing science and math in everyday life through new media and data journalism. 9th Annual Conference on Learning Differences and Innovation Summit. American Community School, Athens, Greece.
  • Graville-Smith, C. (2014, May). Telling a Story with Data and Visuals: Critiquing and Creating Infographics in the Classroom. 9th Annual Conference on Learning Differences and Innovation Summit. American Community School, Athens, Greece.
  • Gebre, E., and Polman, J. L. (2014, April). Collaborative infographics for developing young adults’ meta-representational competence. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Lamb R., Newman, A., Graville Smith, C., & Polman, J. L. (2014, April). Telling a Story with Data and Visuals: Critiquing and Creating Infographics in the Classroom. National Science Teachers Association Annual Meeting 2014. Boston, MA.
  • Polman, J. L., Graville Smith, C., and Gebre, E. (2014, April). Contextualizing science in life through the design and circulation of news infographics. In E. Gebre, Distributing, Learning, and Making STEM Arguments in Public Media. Symposium conducted at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Gebre, E., and Polman, J. L., (2014, March). Aspects of quality science infographics: Experts’ perspective. Paper presented at the NARST Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Polman, J. L., Gebre, E., and Graville Smith, C. (2014, March). Contextualizing science in life through science news infographic design and publication. Paper presented at the NARST Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA.

Science Literacy through Science Journalism Project Publications (2008-2013)

2014

2013

  • Kirshner, B., and Polman, J. L. (2013). Adaptation by design: A context-sensitive, dialogic approach to interventions. In Fishman, B., Penuel, W. R., Allen, A., & Cheng, B. H. (Eds.). Design-based implementation research: Theories, methods, and exemplars. National Society for the Study of Education Yearbook, Volume 112, Issue 2 (pp. 215-236). New York: Teachers College Press.
  • Kohnen, A. M. (2013). The authenticity spectrum: The case of a science journalism writing project. English Journal, 102(5), 28-34.
  • Kohnen, A. M. (2013). Content-area teachers as teachers of writing. Teaching/Writing: The Journal of Writing Teacher Education, 2(1), 29-33.
  • Kohnen, A. M. (2013). ‘I wouldn’t have said it that way’: Mediating professional editorial comments in a secondary science classroom. Linguistics and Education, 24(2), 75-85.
  • Kohnen, A. M. (2013). Informational writing in high school science: The importance of genre, apprenticeship, and publication. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 57(3).

2012

  • Kohnen, A. M. (2012). Teachers as editors, editors as teachers. In C. Bazerman, C. Dean, J. Early, K. Lunsford, S. Null, P. Rogers, & A. Stansell (Eds.), International advances in writing research: Cultures, places, measures (pp. 303-317). Fort Collins, CO: The WAC Clearinghouse.
  • Polman, J. L., Newman, A., Farrar, C., and Saul, E. W. (2012). Science journalism: Students learn lifelong science literacy skills by reporting the news. The Science Teacher (January), 44-47.
  • Saul, W., Kohnen, A.; Newman, A.; Pearce, L. (2012) Front page science: Engaging teens in science literacy  Arlington, VA: NSTA Press.

2010

  • Polman, J. L., Saul, E. W., Newman, A., Farrar, C., Singer, N., Turley, E, Pearce, L., Hope, J., McCarty, G., and Graville, C. (2010). A cognitive apprenticeship for science literacy based on journalism. In Gomez, K., Lyons, L., & Radinsky, J. (Eds.) Learning in the Disciplines: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS 2010) – Volume 2, Short Papers, Symposia, and Selected Abstracts, pp. 61-69. International Society of the Learning Sciences: Chicago IL.