STEM Education and Training

STEM TIG Week: Susan Eriksson on the Education of Stakeholders

Hi, I’m Susan Eriksson, a geologist and science educator reformed as an evaluator for science-related programs.  I write from my experience as a scientist turned evaluator with many years of working with evaluators, doing my own internal evaluation, and now doing evaluation for others. Lesson Learned: It seems that many people really ‘don’t get’ evaluation.  …

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STEM TIG Week: Kim Kelly on Key Insights on the Journey from Psychological Science Researcher to Program Evaluator

I’m Kim Kelly, PhD, from the Psychology Department at the University of Southern California where I teach courses in statistics and research methods. I have been involved in the evaluation of STEM curriculum and professional development programs since 2002. I have been reflecting on the career path that led me from basic research in psychological …

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STEM TIG Week: Susan Eriksson on Scientists Becoming Evaluators

Hi, I’m Susan Eriksson, a geologist and science educator reformed as an evaluator for science-related programs.  I’ve worked in industry, academia and the non-profit sector and have worked with many evaluators and served on many grant review panels.  My tips for today might help you decide if you need to partner with an evaluator who …

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STEM TIG Week: Martin, Barnes, Chambers and Pippin on Internal STEM Evaluation from a Stakeholder Perspective at NASA

Hello from NASA Langley Research Center! We represent NASA Innovations in Climate Education (NICE), which provides funding for external institutions to carry out (and evaluate!) climate education projects. We’re Ann Martin (a postdoctoral fellow working on NICE evaluation internally, at the portfolio level), Monica Barnes (NICE project manager), Lin Chambers (project scientist), and Margaret Pippin …

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STEM TIG Week: Ayesha Tillman on Advice to New Evaluators

Hello, I am Ayesha Tillman, a fifth year Ph.D candidate in Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Advice for new evaluators is something that my colleagues Holly Downs, Lorna Rivera, Maria Jimenez, Gabriela Juarez and I have been thinking and presenting about for quite some time now. Lessons Learned: Decide what type …

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Climate Ed Eval week; Rachel Becker-Klein on Using Embedded Assessment Tools for Evaluating Impact of Climate Change Education Programs on Youths

My name is Rachel Becker-Klein and I am an evaluator and a Community Psychologist with almost a decade of experience evaluating programs focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education, citizen science, place-based education, and climate change education. I’ve worked with PEER Associates since 2005. PEER Associates is an evaluation firm that provides customized, …

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Climate Ed Eval Week: Dan Zalles on Maintaining Flexibility in Evaluating Outcomes Across Varying Implementations

I’m Dan Zalles, Senior Educational Researcher at SRI International. Have you ever tried evaluating whether an innovative classroom intervention is leading to greater student learning outcomes, and found either that many teachers dropped out of the project or learning gains failed to materialize? It’s easy to conceptualize a centrally developed classroom innovation for students as …

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Climate Ed Eval Week: Susan Lynds on Considering Scientific Jargon to Avoid Communication Barriers

My name is Susan Lynds and I am a program evaluator at the Cooperative Institute for Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder.  I have been part of evaluation efforts for several tri-agency climate education programs funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric …

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Climate Ed Eval Week: Nicole Holthuis on Lessons Learned from Measuring Intermediary Outcomes

Hi all.  My name is Nicole Holthuis.  I’m an independent research/evaluator specializing in science and environmental education. Much has been said about the desired outcomes of climate change education.  Evaluators have created and shared various instruments to measure changes in participants’ attitudes, interest, knowledge, behaviors, and skills.   But how do we make sense of these …

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Climate Ed Eval Week: Ann Martin on Building a Community of Climate Education Evaluators

Hi there! I’m Ann Martin, a postdoctoral fellow and internal evaluator with NASA Innovations in Climate Education, which funds climate education projects as part of NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Program (MUREP). I’m also part of a cross-agency collaboration involving sister programs at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric …

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