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  • Elizabeth Barrett-Zahn

Engaging Families in Science Learning (Call for Papers)

Updated: Aug 4, 2020

November/December 2020: Engaging Families in Science Learning Deadline February 1, 2020 Parents must be seen as partners. How can we tap into the potential power of parents and caregivers for affecting their children’s learning? Consider engaging families in science learning. According to the NSTA Position Statement for Parent Involvement in Science Learning, when parents play an active role, their children achieve greater success as learners, regardless of socioeconomic status, ethnic/racial background, or the parents' own level of education. Engaging families in STEM can expand, multiply, and transform opportunities for everyone involved.

Article suggestions for this issue include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Identify effective parent-teacher partnerships developed to support student learning in science and technology, including clubs, field trips, summer programs, and scientific research or engineering challenges.

  • Where do families go for STEM experiences? Describe a program, activity, or event where family engagement was promoted through STEM experiences.

  • Provide evidence supporting how parent/caregiver involvement has increased student interest, aptitude, and appreciation of science and technology.

  • Describe unique opportunities for developing a culture of parent collaboration within the science classroom. How can parents/caregivers build confidence in scientific knowledge so they can help their children engage in science learning activities at home?

  • Share STEM programs that support equity and diversity for all children and families through enriching professional development.

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