STEM Education and Training

Take time to consider the role of racialization when evaluating STEM interventions by Dawn Henderson, Chad Markert, and Breonte Guy

Greetings, we are Drs. Dawn Henderson, Chad Markert, and Breonte Guy. We have collaborated on an NSF HBCU-UP Targeted Infusion Project (TIP) over the past four years and presented findings from our project at the previous three annual AEA conferences. Our work has led to valuable insights when it comes to evaluating projects designed to …

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Translating Logic Models for STEM faculty: A ‘Who, What, When, Why, and How’ Approach by Shelly Engelman, Kristin Patterson, Brandon Campitelli, and Keely Finkelstein

Hi! We are Shelly Engelman, Kristin Patterson, Brandon Campitelli, and Keely Finkelstein of the Texas Institute for Discovery Education in Science (TIDES) at the University of Texas, Austin. The mission of TIDES is to promote, support, and assess innovative, evidence-based undergraduate science education. A large part of our work entails working with STEM faculty to …

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Labor Day Week: Andrea Guajardo on Honoring Mariana Enriquez

This is part of a two-week series honoring our living evaluation pioneers in conjunction with Labor Day in the USA (September 5). My name is Andrea Guajardo, MPH, and I am the Director of Community Health at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System in San Antonio, Texas. I am also the co-Chair of the Multiethnic Issue in Evaluation …

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Research vs Eval Week: Kirk Knestis on Dissemination as a STEM Education Research Imperative

Hello! I’m Kirk Knestis, CEO of Hezel Associates. The US Office for Human Research Projections defines “research” as any “systematic investigation, including research development, testing and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge.” (Emphasis mine.) We often get wrapped up in narrow distinctions like populations but I’m increasingly of the opinion that the …

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Research vs Eval Week: Dana Gonzales and Lonnie Wederski on IRB Review of STEM Learning Evaluations

Hello! We are Dana Gonzales and Lonnie Wederski, institutional review board (IRB) members at Solutions IRB, specialists in the review of evaluation research. Why talk about IRB review for evaluations of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education projects? Most simply, federally funded projects may require it. You may also ask, “Why aren’t all of …

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Research vs Eval Week: Lori Wingate on Evaluation and Research in the NSF’s Advanced Technological Education Program

My name is Lori Wingate and I am Director of Research at The Evaluation Center at Western Michigan University. I also lead EvaluATE, the evaluation resource center for the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program. NSF established the ATE program in response to the Scientific and Advanced-Technology Act of 1992, which called for …

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Research vs Eval Week: Laurene Johnson on Partnering with Education Program Designers and Practitioners on Research Proposals

I am Laurene Johnson from Metiri Group, a research, evaluation, and professional development firm focusing on educational innovations and digital learning. I often work with school district staff to provide guidance and research/evaluation contributions to grant proposals, including those for submission to the National Science Foundation (NSF). Programs like Discovery Research PreK-12 (DRK-12) present some …

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Research vs Eval Week: Andrew Hayman on Research and Development for the NSF ITEST Program

I’m Andrew Hayman, Research Analyst for Hezel Associates. I’m Project Leader for Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program, Digital East St. Louis. The ITEST program was established in 2003 to address shortages of technology workers in the United States, supporting projects that “advance understanding …

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Research vs Eval Week: Kirk Knestis Revisiting Innovation R&D vs. Program Evaluation: What do we know two years post-Common Guidelines for Education Research and Development?

Greetings, evaluation professionals! Kirk Knestis, CEO of Hezel Associates, back this time as guest curator of an AEA365 week revisiting challenges associated with untangling purposes and methods, between evaluation and research and development (R&D) of education innovations. While this question is being worked out in other substantive areas as well, we deal with it almost …

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Best of AEA365: Shelly Engelman and Tom McKlin on ‘Grit’ as a Measure of Academic Success

Hello all! This is Shelly Engelman and Tom McKlin, evaluators at The Findings Groups, LLC, a privately-owned applied research and evaluation firm with a focus on STEM education. The primary objective of many programs that we evaluate is to empower a broad range of elementary, middle and high school students to learn STEM content and …

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