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Jerry P. Becker

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Call for Papers: Parent Engagement in Sci/Math Lrning
Posted: Dec 5, 2013 2:56 PM
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Information from Julie Thomas and Sandi Cooper.
Parent Engagement in Science and Mathematics Learning

Special Focus Issue of School Science and Mathematics Journal

Guest Editors: Julie Thomas and Sandi Cooper

Reforming math and science education - bringing new understandings
about learning and cognition into line with a knowledge explosion in
the Information Age seems a formidable challenge. Teachers need the
support of parents who desire the best possible learning experiences
all children. Parents need to understand how teaching and learning in
math and science has changed in recent years. New national standards
(Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards) for mathematics
and science teaching propose a different kind of learning environment
where students are more actively involved, building understanding
through active, learning processes and real-world experiences.
Parents are imperative partners in this ongoing, systemic reform.
They can make or break the reform-oriented attempts of new-beginning
teachers and district administrators. Though there are many
professional development materials on the market, the parent audience
is the most overlooked and perhaps the most important. We expect that
parents who understand reform efforts can positively influence
children's elementary science and mathematics learning. Parents may
prove important allies in engaging females and other, traditionally
underserved populations, improving student engagement and
achievement, and guiding otherwise promising practices that help
broaden participation in the STEM workforce.

In this special focus issue of SSM, the editors will highlight
important issues, current research, and successful programs related
to partnerships with parents and families. In particular, the editors
seek manuscripts that address the following:

. How might parent engagement improve science and mathematics learning?
. What are some effective models of engaging parents in science and
. How do parents' attitudes and beliefs about science and
mathematics impact student
achievement? ?
. What are some effective models of preparing preservice teachers to
engage parents in
science and mathematics learning?
. What program or resources support or encourage parent involvement
in science and
. What guides parents and teachers understanding about technology as
a useful tool in
science and mathematics learning?

Manuscripts need to be submitted by April 1, 2014 through Scholar One
website (see the journal website for details:

Please indicate in your cover letter that your manuscript is to be
considered for the Parent Engagement special issue. This special
issue will be published in January, 2015.

Inquiries are welcome and may be sent to Dr. Julie Thomas
( or Dr. Sandi Cooper (

Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
625 Wham Drive
Mail Code 4610
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610
Phone: (618) 453-4241 [O]
(618) 457-8903 [H]
Fax: (618) 453-4244

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