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ERIC Number: EJ838029
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-1383
Leveraging the NSF Broader-Impacts Criterion for Change in STEM Education
Mathieu, Robert D.; Pfund, Christine; Gillian-Daniel, Don
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v41 n3 p50-55 May-Jun 2009
In an attempt to move, if not balance, the scales of activity toward increasing scientific capability across a diverse national population, U.S. federal funding agencies are purposefully linking research funding to broad national impact. Among United States federal agencies, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has led the way in the integration of research, teaching, and learning. Since 1997, the NSF's proposal review process has had two major criteria: intellectual merit and broader impacts. Centers such as the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) view the NSF broader-impacts criterion as an opportunity to develop capacity for effectively integrating research, teaching, and learning. CIRTL ( is an NSF Center for Learning and Teaching. The CIRTL Network comprises six research universities: Howard University, Michigan State University, Texas A&M University, the University of Colorado at Boulder, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Vanderbilt University. This national network is developing model professional-development programs in teaching and learning for graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and faculty in the STEM disciplines. The prototype CIRTL program was implemented at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as the Delta Program in Research, Teaching and Learning ( The Delta Program is a curriculum of graduate courses, intergenerational small-group programs, and internships embedded within an interdisciplinary learning community. In this article, the authors describe the approach the Delta Program takes to help STEM researchers develop, implement, and evaluate broader-impacts initiatives. (Contains 1 table and 5 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States