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Developing a Conceptual Framework for Interdisciplinary Science Inquiry (ISI)


"The focus of our partnership project is on interdisciplinary science inquiry (ISI). However, data collected during our first year implementation suggest that majority of STEM faculty and K-12 science teachers do not have a good understanding of ISI. Thus, we undertook to develop a framework that explicitly defines ISI in order to help both university STEM faculty and school teachers in their future implementation of ISI. The proposed framework consists of four dimensions including science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, core disciplinary ideas, and drivers/contexts for interdisciplinary science inquiry. The objectives of this session are to share our preliminary framework of ISI and to listen to comments and suggestions to further develop this framework."