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The Seeing Science Project: Using Design-Based Research to Develop a Transformative Learning Intervention

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In collaboration with high school science teachers, the authors developed an intervention (Seeing Science project) leveraging mobile technology as a tool for integrating in-school and out-of-school experience. Students were instructed to take pictures when they noticed connections to unit content and post these with a caption on a class site. The current study used design-based research methods to revise and evaluate the Seeing Science project over a two-year period. Revisions to the project resulted in higher quality posts in pre-AP biology classes and greater participation in regular biology classes. Further, an analysis of posts, classroom observations, and student interviews revealed that the project helped students connect in-school learning to out-of-school experience and undergo transformative experiences.