Presentations

2016

Bhattacharya, D., Forbes, C.T., & Ingram, E. (2016, October). Teaching lifecycles using modeling. Results from UnICORN-Using corn as a model organism to foster 3rd-grade students’ learning of genetics and inheritance. Experiential session presented at the regional conference for National Science Teacher Education (NSTA), Minneapolis, MN.

Brandt, M., Forbes, C., & Keshwani, J. (2016, April). Operationalizing science in applied contexts: Developing measures for elementary students’ understanding of STEM dimensions of food systems. Paper presented at the 2016 annual meeting of the National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST), Baltimore, MD.

Chandler, M, Bhattacharya, D., Forbes, C., Sohl, L., Zhou, J. & Bush, D. (2016, June). Using Global Climate Models in the classrooms. Workshop presentation at the Climate Generation Summer Institute 2016,Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy, Minneapolis, MN.

Forbes, C.T. (2016, July). Science literacy for the 21st Century: An institutional initiative to science-informed decision-making about food, energy, and water.  Presentation at the 2016 Summer Institute, Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities, Chicago, IL.

Forbes, C.T. (invited, 2016, April). Cultivating science literacy in the nexus: Multidisciplinary STEM education across food, energy, and water. Invited presentation at 2016 Annual Symposium of the Global Food Security Consortium, Iowa State University, Ames, IA.

Forbes, C.T. (invited, 2016, January). Teaching and learning about water in elementary science learning environments: A view across projects. Invited presentation at SRI International, Menlo Park, CA.

Forbes, C.T., Brozovic, N., Franz, T., Lally, D., & Pettit, D. (2016, October).  Fostering undergraduate students’ disciplinary learning and science literacy.  Poster to be presented as the 2016 meeting of the Geological Society of America (GSA), Denver, CO.

Forbes, C.T., Dauer, J., Dauer, J., & Keshwani, J. (2016, January).  Grow, eat, learn: Fostering science literacy through food, energy, and water in Nebraska and beyond.  Poster presented at the 16th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy, and the Environment: The Food-Energy-Water Nexus, Washington, DC.

Forbes, C., Keshwani, J., Brandt, M., & Wolken, T.  (2016, June).  Translating Applied STEM Research into Secondary Science (TASRs) program.  Presentation at the 2016 annual meeting of the National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization (NAITC), Litchfield Park, AZ.

Forbes, C.T., Vo, T., Zangori, L., & Schwarz, C.V. (2016, June). Modeling Hydrologic Systems in Elementary Science (MoHSES) project. Poster presented at the 2016 NSF DR K-12 PI Conference, Washington, DC.

Ingram, E., Morrow, M., Forbes, C., & Brandt, M.  (2016, June).  Pollinators in the high school biology classroom.  Presentation at the 2016 annual meeting of the National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization (NAITC), Litchfield Park, AZ.

Sabel, J., Vo, T., Alred, A., Dauer, J., & Forbes, C. (2016, April). Undergraduate students’ scientifically-informed decision-making about water-based socioscientific issues. Poster presented at the 2016 annual meeting of the National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST), Baltimore, MD.

Sabel, J., Forbes, C., & Zangori, L. (2016, April). Use of structured formative assessment assignments to engage preservice teachers with life science concepts. Paper presented at the 2016 annual meeting of the National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST), Baltimore, MD.

Vo, T., Forbes, C. T. (2016, April). Learning to support students’ model-based learning about the water cycle: A three-year longitudinal case study of two 3rd-grade teachers. Paper presented at the 2016 annual meeting of the National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST), Baltimore, MD.

Zangori, L. & Forbes, C. T. (2016, April). Development of an empirically-based learning performances framework for 3rd-grade students’ model-based explanations about plant processes. Poster presented at the 2016 annual meeting of the National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST), Baltimore, MD.

Zangori, L., Vo, T., Forbes, C.T., Schwarz, C.V. (2016, April).  Exploring links between 3rd-grade students’ model-based explanations and teachers’ model-based science instruction about groundwater. Paper presented at the 2016 annual meeting of the National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST), Baltimore, MD.

2015

Biggers, M. & Forbes, C. T. (2015, April). Curriculum planning and enactment in elementary science: Beyond fidelity of implementation. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), Chicago, IL.

Brandt, M., Keshwani, J., Forbes, C., & Luck, J. (2015, June). Increasing production with precision agriculture. Presentation at the annual meeting of the National Agriculture in the Classroom (NAITC), Louisville, KY.

Dauer, J. & Forbes, C.T. (2015, July). A socioscientific framework for teaching a general science literacy course. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER), Minneapolis, MN.

Forbes, C. T., Schwarz, C. V., Zangori, L., & Vo, T. (2015, March). Using models to support elementary students’ learning about water. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), Chicago, IL.

Forbes, C.T., Vo, T., & Bernadt, T. (2015, Sept). Supporting students’ learning about water: Model-based scientific inquiry. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Nebraska Association of Teachers of Science (NATS), Fremont, NE.

Forbes, C. T., Vo, T., Schwarz, C. V., & Zangori, L. (2015, April). Exploring elementary teachers’ knowledge and practices for model-based science instruction about the water cycle. Paper  presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Chicago, IL.

Forbes, C. T., Zangori, L., Vo, T. & Schwarz, C. V. (2015, April). Studying the impact of a design intervention on 3rd-grade students’ model-based explanations for water systems. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), Chicago, IL.

Sabel, J., Forbes, C. T. (2015, April). Elementary teachers’ use of life science content knowledge to inform formative assessment instructional decisions. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), Chicago, IL.

Sabel, J., Forbes, C., & Dauer, J. (2015, July). Using rubrics in undergraduate biology courses to advance understanding. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER), Minneapolis, MN.

Sabel, J., Forbes, C., & Zangori, L. (2015, November). Preservice teachers’ engagement with life science concepts within structured formative assessment assignments. Paper presented at the Biology Education Research Symposium at the annual meeting of the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT), Providence, RI.

Sabel, J., Forbes, C. T., & Zangori, L. (2015, April). Preservice teachers’ use of content knowledge and formative assessment in a life science methods course. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Chicago, IL.

Sabel, J., Forbes, C.T., & Zangori, L. (2015, April). Content knowledge and formative assessment integration in a life sciences methods course for preservice teachers. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), Chicago, IL.

Vo, T., Forbes, C. T., Zangori, L., & Schwarz, S. (2015, April). Engaging students in scientific practices: The role of teachers in providing opportunities for student learning. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), Chicago, IL.

Zangori, L. & Forbes, C. T. (2015, November). Exploring third-grade students’ model-based explanations about plant processes. Paper presented at the 2015 annual meeting of the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT), Providence, RI

Zangori, L. & Forbes, C. T. (2015, April). Exploring 3rd-grade students’ model-based explanations about the interactions between plant processes and the hydrosphere. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), Chicago, IL.

Zangori, L. & Forbes, C. T. (2015, April). Exploring 3rd-grade students’ model-based explanations about the interactions between plant processes and the hydrosphere. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Chicago, IL.

Zangori, L. Forbes, C., Schwarz, C. V., & Vo, T. (2015, April). Supporting 3rd-grade students’ model-based explanations about the water cycle: A quasi-experimental study of a curricular intervention. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Chicago, IL.

2014

Sabel, J., Forbes, C. T., & Zangori, L. (2014, November). Preservice teachers’ use of content knowledge to inform formative assessment strategies in an integrated life sciences methods course. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT), Cleveland, OH.

Vo, T., Forbes, C.T., Schwarz, C. (2014, October). Fostering 3rd-grade students’ use of scientific models with the water cycle: Teachers’ conceptions and practices.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America (GSA), Vancouver, BC.

Forbes, C.T. (2014, March).  Discipline-based research on elementary science learning environments designed to foster students’ learning about water systems.  Invited presentation at the UNL Discipline-Based Educational Research (DBER) Group Seminar.

Forbes, C.T., Schwarz, C., Zangori, L., & Vo., T. (2014, August). Modeling Hydrologic Systems in Elementary Science (MoHSES) project.  Poster presented at the 2014 NSF DR K-12 PI Conference, Washington, DC.

Forbes, C.T., Schwarz, C., & Zangori, L. (2014, June). Development of an empirically-based learning performances framework for 3rd-grade students’ model-based explanations about hydrologic cycling. Paper presented at the bi-annual International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS), Boulder, CO.

Zangori, L., Forbes, C.T., & Schwarz, C. (2014, June). Investigating the effect of curricular scaffolds on 3rd-grade students’ model-based explanations for hydrologic cycling. Paper presented at the bi-annual International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS), Boulder, CO.

Forbes, C.T., Zangori, L., & Schwarz, C. (2014, April). Mapping concepts to systems: Fostering 3rd-grade students’ use of models to explain hydrologic phenomena. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Pittsburgh, PA.

Forbes, C. T., Schwarz, C., & Zangori, L. (2014, April). Development of an empirically grounded learning performances framework for 3rd-grade students’ model-based explanations about water. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Sabel, J., Forbes, C.T., & Biggers, M. (2014, April). Elementary teachers’ implementation of formative assessment strategies: Supporting students’ learning about water and Earth materials. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Pittsburgh, PA.

Vo, T., Forbes, C.T., Zangori, L., & Schwarz, C. (2014, April). Elementary teachers conceptions and practices: Fostering students’ use of scientific models of the water cycle. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Pittsburgh, PA.

Zangori, L., Forbes, C. T., & Schwarz, C. (2014, March). Elementary students’ model-based explanations for botanical components of the water cycle. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of Research Teaching, Pittsburgh, PA.

Zangori, L., Forbes, C.T., & Schwarz, C. (2014, April). Investigating the effect of curricular scaffolds on 3rd-grade students’ model-based reasoning about the water cycle. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, PA.

2013

Sabel, J., Forbes, C. T., & Zangori, L. (2013, November). Design of an integrated teaching and learning biological sciences course for prospective elementary teachers. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of Biology Teachers, Atlanta, GA.

Zangori, L., Forbes, C.T., & Schwarz, C. (2013, November). Elementary students’ model-based explanations about the water cycle. Paper presented at the annual meeting of School Science and Mathematics, San Antonio, TX.

Forbes, C.T., Biggers, M., & Zangori, L. (2013, August). Teachers’ reasoning about students’ sensemaking in elementary science learning environments.  Paper presented at the bi-annual meeting of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction, Munich, Germany.

Biggers, M., Forbes, C.T., & Zangori, L. (2013, April).  Elementary teachers’ ideas about, planning for, and implementation of learner-guided and teacher- guided inquiry.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.

Biggers, M., Forbes, C.T., & Zangori, L. (2013, April).  Investigating variations of inquiry in elementary science classrooms: Establishing validity/reliability of a modified observation protocol. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.

Forbes, C.T., Biggers, M., & Zangori, L. (2013, August). Teachers’ pedagogical reasoning about students’ sense-making in elementary science learning environments.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the European Association of Research in Learning and Instruction, Munich, Germany.

Forbes, C.T., Lange, K., Möller, K., Biggers, M., Laux, M., & Zangori, L. (2013, April). A comparative study of early learners’ engagement in scientific practices in the U.S. and Germany.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.

Forbes, C.T., Long, K J., Kennedy, C.A., Bancroft, J., Soldat, C., Biggers, M., & Sabel, J. (2013, April).  Supporting elementary teachers’ learning to use formative assessment for science: The RAES- Iowa professional development model.   Poster presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.

Yarker, M.B., Stanier, C.O., Forbes, C. & Park, S. (2013, January). Challenges teachers encounter when using models to teach weather and climate in middle school classrooms. Paper presented at the American Meteorological Society annual meeting, Austin, TX.

Zangori, L., Forbes, C.T., & Biggers, M. (2013, April).   Elementary students’ explanation construction of seed structure and function: A concurrent mixed methods study.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.

Zangori, L., Forbes, C.T., & Biggers, M. (2013, April).   Elementary teachers’ use of science curriculum materials to foster explanation construction.   Poster presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.

Zangori, L., Forbes, C.T., & Biggers, M. (2013, April).  Elementary teachers’ use of science curriculum materials to promote students’ sense making: An embedded mixed methods study.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.

2012

Yarker, M.B., Stanier, C.O., Forbes, C.T. & Park, S. (2012, December). Strategies for effective implementation of science models into 6-9 grade classrooms on climate, weather, and energy topics. Poster presented at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA.

Biggers, M., Forbes, C.T., & Zangori, L. (2012, April).  Elementary teachers’ curriculum design and pedagogical reasoning for supporting students’ comparison and evaluation of evidence-based explanations. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, BC.

Forbes, C.T., Biggers, M., & Zangori, L. (2012, April).  Investigating essential characteristics of scientific practices in elementary science learning environments: The Practices of Science Observation Protocol (P-SOP). Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, BC.

Forbes, C.T., Biggers, M., & Zangori, L. (2012, April).  Toward an empirically-based learning progression: Defining progress variables and measureable levels of elementary teachers’ pedagogical content knowledge for science. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, BC.

Aguirre-Mendez, C., Promyod, N., Forbes, C.T., Biggers, M., & Zangori, L. (2012, March).  Characteristics of scientifically-oriented questions and the nature of inquiry in elementary classrooms: A multiple-case study.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Indianapolis, IN.

Biggers, M. & Forbes, C.T. (2012, March).  Elementary teachers’ ideas about, planning for, and    implementation of learner-guided and teacher-guided inquiry.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Indianapolis, IN.

Biggers, M., Zangori, L., & Forbes, C.T., (2012, March).  Exploring scientific explanations: Promoting students’ Sense-making in elementary classrooms.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Indianapolis, IN.

Forbes, C.T., Biggers, M., & Zangori, L. (2012, March).  Elementary teachers’ enactment of science curriculum materials: Investigating early learners’ engagement in scientific practices.  Paper  presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Indianapolis, IN.

Pinney, B., Suh, J-K., Tseng, C-M., Forbes, C.T., Biggers, M., & Zangori, L. (2012, March).  Dichotomous inquiry practices: Characterizing teaching practice based on essential features of inquiry.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Indianapolis, IN.

Yarker, M.B., Stanier, C.O., Forbes, C.T. & Park, S. (2012, March). Mapping model to argument-based inquiry as an approach to support middle school teachers in teaching climate, weather, and energy topics. Paper presented at the annual meeting of National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Indianapolis, IN.

Zangori, L. & Forbes, C.T., (2012, March).  Learning to support elementary students’ scientific reasoning: Preservice elementary teachers and the evidence-explanation continuum.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Indianapolis, IN.

Forbes, C.T. (2012, February).  Fostering sense-making in K-8 science learning environments through curriculum and instruction:  An evolving research agenda.  Invited presentation at the University of Münster (WWU-Münster), Münster, Germany.  Sponsored by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

Forbes, C.T. (2012, January).  Fostering sense-making in K-8 science learning environments through curriculum and instruction:  An evolving research agenda.  Invited presentation at the University of Essen (NWU-Essen), Essen, Germany.  Sponsored by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

Yarker, M.B., Stanier, C.O., Forbes, C.T. & Park, S. (2012, January). Preparing middle school teachers to effectively use science models to support learning about climate, weather, and energy topics. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society, New Orleans, LA.

2011

Yarker, M.B., Stanier, C.O., Forbes, C.T. & Park, S. (2011, December). Utilizing an approach to model-based inquiry for a professional development on climate weather and energy topics for Iowa middle school teachers. Poster presented at the annual conference of the Iowa Educational Research & Evaluation Association, Ames, IA.

Forbes, C.T. (2011, September).  Elementary teachers’ curriculum design and pedagogical design capacity for reform-based science: Research across the teacher professional continuum. Paper presented at the bi-annual meeting of the European Science Education Research Association, Lyon, France.

Forbes, C.T., Biggers, M., & Zangori, L. (2011, September).  Promoting and investigating elementary teachers’ PCK for inquiry-based science. Paper presented at the bi-annual meeting of the European Science Education Research Association, Lyon, France.

Yarker, M. B., Stanier, C. O., Forbes, C., & Park, S. (2011, September). Incorporating scientific models into the school curriculum: An approach for future climate modelers. Paper presented at the NorWRF conference, Bergen, Norway.

Forbes, C.T. (2011, April). The influence of curriculum-independent factors on preservice elementary teachers’ adaptation of science curriculum materials. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Orlando, FL.

Biggers, M. & Forbes, C.T. (2011, April). Preservice elementary teachers’ learning about the five essential features of classroom inquiry. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Orlando, FL.

Forbes, C.T., Biggers, M., & Zangori, L. (2011, April).  Supporting elementary teachers’ evaluation and adaptation of science curriculum materials: The PIESC3 professional development model.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Orlando, FL.

Yarker, M. & Forbes, C.T. (2011, January).  Rethinking model-based inquiry in terms of weather and climate computer models.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society, Seattle, WA.

Biggers, M. & Forbes, C.T. (2011, January). Preservice elementary teachers’ learning about essential features of inquiry-based teaching and learning. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Science Teacher Education, Minneapolis, MN.

Forbes, C.T., Biggers, M., & Zangori, L. (2011, January).  Promoting inquiry-based elementary science through collaborative curriculum co-construction: The PIESC3 Project.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Science Teacher Education, Minneapolis, MN.

2010

Forbes, C.T., Gasaway, K., Biggers, M., & Zangori, L. (2010, August).  Promoting inquiry-based elementary science through collaborative curriculum co-construction.  Poster presented at the 2nd annual Iowa Science and Mathematics Teacher Educators Summit, Grinnell, IA.

Forbes, C.T. (2010, March).  Preservice elementary teachers’ adaptation of science curriculum materials for inquiry.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Philadelphia, PA.

2009

Forbes, C.T., Madeira, C.A., Davis, E.A., & Slotta, J.D. (2009, April). Activity-theoretical research on science teachers’ learning: Challenges and opportunities. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA.

Forbes, C.T. & Davis, E.A. (2009, April). Preservice elementary teachers’ curriculum design and development of pedagogical design capacity for inquiry: An activity-theoretical perspective. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Garden Grove, CA.

Forbes, C.T. & Zint, M. (2009, April). Elementary teachers’ beliefs about, perceived capacities for, and reported use of scientific inquiry to promote student learning about and for the environment. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Garden Grove, CA.

Forbes, C.T. & Davis, E.A. (2009 January  Preservice elementary teachers’ use of science curriculum materials: Initial attempts at curriculum design for inquiry-oriented science teaching. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Science Teacher Education, Hartford, CT.

2008

Forbes, C.T. & Davis, E.A. (2008, March).  Beginning elementary teachers’ learning to use questions and questioning in inquiry-oriented science teaching: A longitudinal study. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Baltimore, MD.

Forbes, C.T. & Davis, E.A. (2008, January).  Preservice elementary teachers’ curricular role identity for science teaching: A multi-year study.  Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Science Teacher Education, St. Louis, MO.

2007

Forbes, C.T. & Davis, E.A. (2007, April). Beginning elementary teachers’ learning through the use of science curriculum materials: A longitudinal study. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, New Orleans, LA.

Davis, E.A., Beyer, C., Forbes, C.T., Stevens, S. (2007, April). Promoting pedagogical design capacity through teachers’ narratives.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, New Orleans, LA.

Forbes, C.T. & Davis, E.A. (2007, January). Exploring preservice elementary teachers’ role identity development in respect to the use of science curriculum materials. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Science Teacher Education, Clearwater Beach, FL.

2006 and Before

Forbes, C. T. & Davis, E.A. (2006, June). Mapping the teacher professional continuum through the use of science curriculum materials: Novice elementary teachers’ curriculum-specific learning and role identity development. Poster presented at the 4th Annual CCMS Knowledge Sharing Institute, Ann Arbor, MI.

Forbes, C.T. & Davis, E.A. (2006, January). Exploring preservice elementary teachers’ critique and adaptation of science curriculum materials in respect to socioscientific issues. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Science Teacher Education, Portland, OR.

Forbes, C.T. (2004, March). Peer mentoring: Shared experiences help new teachers succeed. Paper presented at the STEMTEC Teacher Preparation PI Conference, Washington, DC.

Forbes, C.T., Heppert, J.A., & Webber, G.K. (2002, March). Informal learning environments as resources for supporting early career teachers in inquiry-based instruction. Paper presented at the STEMTEC Pathways to Change Conference, Washington, DC.