ERIC Number: EJ1040270
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
Improving Postsecondary STEM Education: Strategies for Successful Interdisciplinary Collaborations and Brokering Engagement with Education Research and Theory
Bouwma-Gearhart, Jana; Perry, Kristen H.; Presley, Jennifer B.
Journal of College Science Teaching, v44 n1 p40-47 Sep 2014
This article describes factors that influence the success of collaborations involving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and Education faculty at research-focused universities who work toward postsecondary STEM education improvement. We provide insight into how interdisciplinary faculty may successfully collaborate given their different disciplinary backgrounds. We explore the importance of education research brokers, individuals credited with helping STEM faculty understand, respond to, and recognize the importance of education research and theory. In addition, we discuss the advantages of appointments of brokers within STEM versus Education Departments. We identify key characteristics that help build and sustain interdisciplinary collaboration and establish the critical roles of brokers at institutions that strive to improve education.
Descriptors: STEM Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Cooperation, College Faculty, Educational Improvement, Teacher Collaboration, Science Teachers, Educational Research, Undergraduate Study, Semi Structured Interviews, Grounded Theory, Statistical Analysis, Change Strategies, Cooperative Planning
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: #0839150