Students’ Research-informed & Negotiated Action (‘RiNA‘) Projects

After direct teacher instruction, with student application activities about STEM-SE, Skills & Products, students can self-direct networked RiNA projects to overcome harms they have determined in STEM-SE relationships. Such application-based teaching can help students overcome neoliberal limits on learning, like: stratifying inquiry-based learning, sanitized STEM education and public propaganda.

Teaching & Learning Resources

Online Sample Lessons & Student Activities
Downloadable PDF Document
Downloadable PDF Documents
Published Edited Book

JASTE School-based Issues

Each of the four school-based issues of JASTE linked above have been edited by school science teachers and feature many students’ reports of their RiNA projects.

Skills Apprenticeship Resource (PDF file)

Graphic Novel About Civic Actions Against Industrial Pollution

Sample Student RiNA Projects

STEPWISE Rationale & History

STEPWISE Theory & Resources Links

Collaborative Action Research

Teachers Talking About Their Implementation of STEPWISE

STEPWISE in Elementary Schools

Since its inception in 2006, STEPWISE has been mainly explored and developed in secondary school science contexts, including with students in after-school clubs. We have worked with a few teachers in elementary schools, however – as described in the video at right/below. Based on such work, we believe that students in elementary schools are quite capable of developing critical views about science & technology and societies more generally and developing and taking personal & social actions to overcome harms of their concern. However, there are few STEPWISE-informed teaching & learning materials available for teachers’ uses. If you are interested in collaborating with us in action research to develop and field-test STEPWISE approaches in elementary schools, you might review the videos below and then write to

Introduction for Elementary School Teachers




Students Talking About Their RiNA Projects