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Grow to Learn

Recruiting preschool/kindergarten teachers and children (3-7 years old) for a research project aimed at enhancing early science teaching and learning through a teachers’ professional development program — Grow to Learn (GTL).

GTL supports teachers to teach basic plant science via growing sweet peas. This project is the initial step towards creating a scalable professional development program. Results will help us understand the role of metacognition in science education. This project is funded by American Psychological Association.

For preschool/kindergarten teacher

To enhance early science instructional strategy via a professional development program Grow to Learn (GTL).

Appreciation: $100 plus one University of Idaho/IdahoSTARS credit


  • Online survey (20 minutes *2)
  • One online workshop (three hours)
  • GTL classroom implementation: Teaching basic plant science via growing sweet peas (materials and instruction will be provided)
  • Biweekly reflection via online journal (15 minutes *8)
  • Monthly online group planning sessions (40 minutes *4)

IRB Number: 010467

For parent

Learning basic plant science via growing sweet peas.


  • Preschool/kindergarten age, typically developing children (3 to 7 years old)
  • The child's classroom teacher must consent to participate as well

Appreciation: $20


  • Expressive vocabulary assessment (20 minutes *2)
  • Science competence assessment (20 minutes *2)

Note: Task performance location is negotiable at your convenience; four months interval between Time 1 and Time 2 data collection.

IRB Number: 010467

For more information, please contact:

Shiyi Chen

Assistant Professor

Niccolls Building, Room 302C



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