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ERIC Number: EJ1174796
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1557-5284
SPARCT: A STEM Professional Academy to Reinvigorate the Culture of Teaching
Frost, Laura; Greene, Jackie; Huffman, Tanya; Johnson, Brian; Kunberger, Tanya; Goodson, Ludwika
Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, v19 n1 p62-69 Feb-Mar 2018
In an attempt to address declining persistence rates of university STEM majors (Science, Teaching, Engineering, and Math), concerns regarding retention rates and waning STEM faculty participation in faculty development, we report on a year-long professional development program called the STEM Professional Academy to Reinvigorate the Culture of Teaching (SPARCT) that focuses on evidence-based teaching practices. Expected SPARCT outcomes include: (1) improving evidence-based practices in the introductory STEM classroom, (2) developing professional peer-observation strategies for the STEM classroom, (3) enhancing scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) by SPARCT faculty, (4) developing long-term Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) in STEM instruction, and (5) enhancing student learning in introductory STEM courses. In this article, we describe the features of SPARCT and discuss findings from our first three years as aligned with the outcomes over three cohorts of SPARCT participants (2014-2016). By engaging at least 25% of Florida Gulf Coast University's STEM faculty during the three years, SPARCT is creating a community of STEM scholars with self-efficacy in using evidence-based teaching practices, reinvigorating interdisciplinary connections, developing learning threads, and increasing the community's potential to transform the teaching culture of the university.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida
Grant or Contract Numbers: 1347640