Inside Inquiry 

More than 1,000 educators present their research in Lastinger inquiry showcases around
the state

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More than 1,000 public school educators are presenting their action research in coming weeks at the University of Florida Lastinger Center’s annual inquiry showcases around the state. 

The UF Lastinger Center co-produces the showcases with the Miami-Dade, Collier and Duval school districts as part of its award-winning Master Teacher Initiative. It is also sponsoring presentations by STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) teachers in Pinellas County. 

The events showcase classroom-oriented research projects that aim to boost student learning.

“Year after year, the teachers and administrators who participate in our Master Teacher Initiative dig deep into their practice and conduct hands-on research to figure out the best ways to help their students learn and develop,” said Don Pemberton, director of the UF Lastinger Center.

Miami-Dade held its showcase May 12 at Southwest Miami Senior High School; Duval May 24 at the University of North Florida Center in Jacksonville; and Collier June 4 at Immokalee High School. 

During the past school year, educators have tackled an eclectic variety of subjects. Many of them studied the effects of the technology they’ve incorporated into their classrooms.

Projects include:

  • “Get Them Hooked.” Carter G Woodson Elementary (Duval County) second-grade math teacher Deanda Ewers incorporates “research based engagement strategies” into her lesson plans.
  • “Two Teachers? Pros and Cons of Team Teaching.” Coral Park Elementary (Miami-Dade County) kindergarten teachers Carlos Mena and Jennifer Figueredo analyzes this scenario in their classroom.
  • “Impact of Study Island on AP Stats.” Immokalee High School (Collier County) 12th-grade math/computer science teacher Steven Becker examines the impact of new software on his students’ achievement.
  • “Students Answer: To Fluoridate or Not.” Dixie Hollins High School (Pinellas County) Loretta LaMore investigates how socio-scientific issue-based learning impacts her students’ engagement in chemistry.