On Monday, April 4, the American Educational Research Association (AERA) announced the winners of their 2016 Annual Meeting Awards. Dr. Eve Manz, assistant professor of Science Education at the BU School of Education, was named the winner of this year’s Review of Research Award. Dr. Manz, who will be presenting research at this weekend’s AERA Annual Meeting, will be honored at the meeting’s Awards Luncheon, taking place on April 10.
The Review of Research award is given each year to a scholar who has contributed outstanding research to Review of Research in Education and the Review of Educational Research, two of AERA’s flagship publications. Dr. Manz is being awarded for her contribution to the Review of Educational Research, titled “Representing Student Argumentation as Functionally Emergent from Scientific Activity.” She noted the following about her contribution:
“The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) advocate integrating content knowledge and engagement in authentic scientific practices from the earliest years of school. These standards, and the research the supports them, call on educators to ensure that students experience ‘science in the making,’ exploring how and why we know rather than ‘final form science,’ that is what we know. But how can we engage students in authentic and meaningful ways in the practices that scientists use to develop knowledge?”
In her paper, Dr. Manz focuses on the practice of scientific argumentation because it has received significant attention from researchers and teachers. Students in classrooms are increasingly asked to make claims and support them with evidence. In her paper, Dr. Manz reviews differences in how scientists engage in argumentation and how argumentation has typically been enacted in classrooms. She makes four recommendations for future curriculum design and research: carefully increasing what is available for students to argue about, supporting students to contest both what they know and how they know it (e.g., the design of experiments or development of measures), building more carefully from students’ ways of talking and thinking, and attending to the development of epistemic cultures in classrooms. Dr. Manz implements the recommendations she makes in the paper in her work with both in-service teachers and pre-service teachers at BU.
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Manz on this award, and in supporting all SED faculty attending and presenting research as part of this year’s AERA Annual Meeting.