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Jesuits and the Book of Nature

Science and Education in Modern Portugal


Francisco Malta Romeiras

Jesuits and the Book of Nature: Science and Education in Modern Portugal offers an account of the Jesuits’ contributions to science and education after the restoration of the Society of Jesus in Portugal in 1858. As well as promoting an education grounded on an “alliance between religion and science,” the Portuguese Jesuits founded a scientific journal that played a significant role in the consolidation of taxonomy, plant breeding, biochemistry, and molecular genetics. In this book, Francisco Malta Romeiras argues that the priority the Jesuits placed on the teaching and practice of science was not only a way of continuing a centennial tradition but should also be seen as response to the adverse anticlerical milieu in which the restoration of the Society of Jesus took place.

The Language of Education

Key Terms and Concepts in Teaching and Learning

The Language of Education: Key Terms and Concepts in Teaching and Learning is a series of short handbooks each of which focuses on the special language inherent in a variety of educational disciplines. Those entering graduate programs, scholars from non-English speaking areas, teachers with interests in accessing the academic literature, and even those wishing to explore outside their discipline should find something of interest in these books. In short, these books support shared understanding by assisting all of those working with a particular discipline to share a common vocabulary and foster effective communication.

The featured terms in each volume have been selected for their relevance and their potential to be defined uniquely in a particular educational field. The key terms are discussed on one page with a short introductory definition for quick reference followed by a longer expanded discussion supported by references. The index in each book includes links to encourage readers to explore related terms and concepts and thus gain additional information and context. Those who are new to the academic language of a particular educational area, may find it useful to read the books in this series as if each were a collection of very short stories introducing that discipline.

Attributing Excellence in Medicine

The History of the Nobel Prize


Edited by Nils Hansson, Thorsten Halling and Heiner Fangerau

Attributing Excellence in Medicine discusses the aura around the prestigious Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. It analyzes the social processes and contingent factors leading to recognition and reputation in science and medicine. This volume will help the reader to better understand the dynamics of the attribution of excellence throughout the 20th century.

Contributors are Massimiano Bucchi, Fabio De Sio, Jacalyn Duffin, Heiner Fangerau, Thorsten Halling, Nils Hansson, David S. Jones, Gustav Källstrand, Ulrich Koppitz, Pauline Mattsson, Katarina Nordqvist, Scott H. Podolsky, Thomas Schlich, and Sven Widmalm.

Barnes-Johnson Joy, Saman A. Aryana and Jacqueline Leonard


This chapter reports findings from a larger Noyce study on the internship experiences that supported STEM undergraduate students’ transition to elementary teaching at a public university in the Rocky Mountain region—a rural, high-need context. The central research question addressed in this chapter is how can pre-professional mentoring and Noyce internship programs be used to support STEM majors to become equity-minded STEM educators? An underlying assumption embedded in this question is that teachers who espouse equity as a guiding principle for teaching will be more committed to teaching in high-need contexts, a requirement for participation in the Noyce scholarship program. This chapter reports on training experiences provided to Noyce scholars at various stages of commitment to the two- to three-year program. The identity development of a mentor and three interns were explicated as a cross-case study of this Noyce scholars’ program. The patterns of support that improved self-efficacy and cultivated equitable STEM teacher identity development may be used as a model for STEM teacher preparation programs in other high-need communities.

Building Computational Thinking

Design and Making in Teacher Education

Laurie O. Campbell and Samantha Heller


While the importance of teaching computational thinking has received national attention over the last decade, many educators continue to lack the understanding and awareness to implement computational thinking as a problem-solving framework in their daily instruction. In this mixed methods study, preservice teachers participated in Pop-Up Makerspace activities designed to introduce and explore computational thinking as a framework for problem solving. After determining the participants’ level of confidence teaching STEM-related content was lowest in problem-solving and engineering, the study examined how affective factors such as disposition and attitude were evident during the Pop-Up learning experiences. In this study, educators demonstrated the affective traits of resilience, failure, persistence, and frustration. Each factor of computational thinking was observed during the design and making experience. The effects of participation in a Pop-Up Makerspace motivated the preservice teachers to incorporate these experiential learning experiences into their own teaching practices.

Belinda P. Edwards, Desha Williams, Karen Kuhel and Adrian Epps


This chapter describes how a professional development project engaged mathematics preservice teachers and teacher educators in an ongoing conversation about teaching culturally and linguistically diverse students enrolled in high-need schools. Qualitative research methods were employed to examine preservice teachers’ perspectives about the process of learning to teach culturally and linguistically diverse students and how their identities and cultural competence evolved as they progressed through five professional development workshops and a semester long clinical field experience in an urban high-need school.

Lillie R. Albert


This study documents the experience of eight beginning teachers, eight experienced teachers, and six mathematicians participating in a professional learning community. The hallmark of the professional learning community is a two-way mentoring model, designed to incorporate content and pedagogical knowledge for teaching mathematics, whereby the beginning teachers have a mathematician and an experienced practicing teacher as mentors. Applying Vygotsky’s concept of sociocultural historic theory, the mentor-mentee relationship is examined through the lens of intersubjectivity. Findings suggest that the development of intersubjectivity can move the mentoring process ahead, where this relationship is characterized by achieving a common understanding of mathematical activities and ideas.

David Segura, Maria Varelas, Daniel Morales-Doyle, Brezhnev Batres, Phillip Cantor, Diana Bonilla, Angela Frausto, Carolina Salinas and Lynette Gayden Thomas


In this chapter, we examine how teaching that is oriented towards equity and social justice was co-constructed between two experienced high-school science teachers and their four student teachers. Using the lenses of structure-agency dialectic and culturally responsive mentoring, along with case study design, we studied ways in which structures (e.g., curricular, pedagogical, material, symbolic, and programmatic) influenced, and were influenced by, the experienced teachers’ and their student teachers’ agency to conceptualize and enact such practices. The findings unpack the complicated nature of learning to teach science in ways that promote equity and social justice. The cooperating teachers’ mentoring was structured differently based on how each interpreted the structures impeding their students’ agency. Moreover, the student teachers constructed their cooperating teachers’ guidance differently, using their own agency to support student agency. Although the teachers and student teachers foregrounded specific dimensions of culturally responsive mentoring, other dimensions of the framework intermingled to inform and shape the practices of experienced and novice teachers.

Noyce at Vanderbilt

Exploring the Factors That Shape the Recruitment and Retention of Black Teachers

Heather J. Johnson, Teresa K. Dunleavy and Nicole M. Joseph


The recruitment and retention of Black STEM teachers is a nation-wide challenge for the field of teacher education. In this chapter, we start to unpack the recruitment and retention challenges faced by Vanderbilt’s Noyce STEM teacher education program. We share the analysis of lived-experience interviews from two Black teacher candidates who earned their STEM degrees from an HBCU (Fisk University) and then transitioned to a PWI (Vanderbilt University) to earn their master’s in education (M.Ed.) degree. The analysis of their lived experiences revealed four themes: (a) the need for more visible partnerships between the HBCU and PWI; (b) the identification of mentors for scholar success; (c) the investigation for understanding Black teacher candidates as role models for their students; and (d) the institutionalized racism that still challenges Black teacher candidates at PWIs. These findings have implications for how programs situated within a PWI might consider the recruitment and retention of Black mathematics and science teachers.

Retention through Community Building

Secondary Science and Math Noyce Scholars’ Use of a Chat Room

Andrea C. Burrows


A study funded by the National Science Foundation through the Robert Noyce Scholarship program targeted degree holding science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) graduates to support licensure in secondary science or math. The grant, entitled Sustaining Wyoming’s Advancing Reach in Mathematics and Science (SWARMS), provided the study’s pool of 24 participants. This chapter highlights the SWARMS chat room to document the study’s successes and challenges as well as the participants’ interactions. Throughout the four-year study (2014–2018), qualitative and quantitative data showed consistent chat room interactions, especially as these data relate to classroom activities. However, some of the participants used the chat room with more frequency and self-reflection than others. Based on responses in the chat room and via email communication, community was built among participants and their self-efficacy was enhanced.