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As of September 1st, the Center for STEM Education is now
The STEM Center

STEM Center Research

Argument Driven Engineering: The Development of a New Instructional Approach to Teach Engineering in Middle School Science Classrooms

This project has two overall goals: (1) to create a new instructional approach that middle school science teachers can use to teach the engineering design process; and (2) to learn more about how middle school students propose, support, critique and revise design solutions.

Identifying Effective Instructional Practices that Foster the Development of Algebraic Thinking in Elementary School

This project seeks to identify teaching practices that can be linked to students’ early algebra learning in grades three, four and five. In particular, the goal of the project is to use assessment data and videos of classroom teaching in order to identify profiles of instructional practice that are associated with greater student performance in early algebra.

Extending a Grades 3-5 Early Algebra Learning Progression into Grades K-2

The purpose of this project is to extend our earlier work (see LEAP 1, LEAP 2, and LEAP 3) and develop and test the promise of a Grades K–2 Early Algebra Learning Progression to build young children’s algebraic thinking.

Building a Grades K-2 Early Algebra Learning Progression Prototype for Diverse Populations

The focus of this project is to design a curricular framework for developing children’s algebraic thinking across Grades K-2, with a particular focus on understanding how to support the teaching and learning of algebra with students in at-risk populations.

Recent Publications

Fonger, N., Stephens, A., Blanton, M., Isler, I., Knuth, E., & Gardiner, A. (2018). Developing an early algebra learning progression for curriculum, instruction, and student learning. Cognition & Instruction, 30(1), 30-55.

Grooms, J., Sampson, V. & Enderle, P. (2018). How concept familiarity and experience with scientific argumentation are related to the way groups participate in an episode of argumentation. Journal of Research in Science Teaching. doi:10.1002/tea.21451.

Henderson, B. J., McNeill, K. L., González-Howard, M., Close, K. & Evans, M. (2018). Key challenges and future directions for research on scientific argumentation. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 55(1), 5-18.

Wagner, C. J. & González-Howard, M. (2018). Studying discourse as social interaction: The potential of social network analysis for discourse studies. Educational Researcher, 47(6), 375-383.

McNeill, K. L., González-Howard, M., Katsh-Singer, R. & Loper, S. (2017). Moving beyond pseudoargumentation: Teachers’ enactments of a science curriculum focused on argumentation. Science Education, 101(3), 426-457.

Riegle‐Crumb, C., Moore, C., & Buontempo, J. (2017). Shifting STEM stereotypes? Considering the role of peer and teacher gender. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 27(3), 492-505.

Stephens, A., Fonger, N., Strachota, S., Isler, I., Blanton, M., Knuth, E., & Gardiner, A. (2017). A learning progression for elementary students’ functional thinking. Mathematical Thinking and Learning, 19(3), 143-166.

Strimaitis, A., Southerland, S., Sampson, V., Enderle, P. & Grooms, J. (2017). Promoting Equitable Biology Lab Instruction by Engaging All Students in a Broad Range of Science Practices: An Exploratory Study. School Science and Mathematics, 117(3-4), 92–103.

STEM Center Outreach

CS for All through WeTeach_CS


WeTeach_CS is a program designed to increase state-wide capacity in K-12 computing education.

TEX2 Externships

Texas Teacher Externships

TEX2 is a professional development opportunity connecting the classroom to the workplace.

The Value of the TRC

Texas Regional Collaboratives

The TRC was a statewide network of collaboratives designed to support math and science teachers in Texas.

The STEM Center is headquartered at The University of Texas at Austin and supported by state, federal, and industry partners. Our mission is to improve the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through research, outreach, and educational services.

Upcoming Events

Thursday Nov. 15
All Day Event

Use the power of classroom discussion to teach the big ideas behind linear functions. Event Details

Thursday Nov. 15
Gifted & Talented Refresher: Differentiation with Menus
All Day Event

This course guides you through how to use menus (aka choice boards) as a way to differentiate instruction for Gifted & Talented students. Event Details

Tuesday Nov. 27
AIR Webinar
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Adobe Connect (AIR)

Join the American Institute of Research's webinar on virtual learning opportunities available for computer science including offerings from WeTeach_CS. Event Details

Saturday June 15, 2019
Certification Prep workshop
All Day Event

Learn key computer science topics to improve instruction and prepare for the Praxis and TExES CS certification tests. Event Details