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Findley-Van Nostrand, Danielle; Pollenz, Richard S. – CBE - Life Sciences Education, 2017
The persistence of undergraduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines is a national issue based on STEM workforce projections. We implemented a weeklong pre-college engagement STEM Academy (SA) program aimed at addressing several areas related to STEM retention. We validated an instrument that was…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Undergraduate Students, Academic Persistence, Program Effectiveness
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Johnson, Joel D.; Starobin, Soko S.; Santos Laanan, Frankie – Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 2016
This study confirmed appropriate measurement model fit for a theoretical model, the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) vocational choice (STEM-VC) model. This model identified factors that successfully predicted a student's vocational choice decision to pursue a STEM degree for Latina/o and White community college students.…
Descriptors: Predictor Variables, Hispanic American Students, College Students, Two Year College Students
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Winkelmann, Kurt; Baloga, Monica; Marcinkowski, Tom; Giannoulis, Christos; Anquandah, George; Cohen, Peter – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
Research projects conducted by faculty in STEM departments served as the inspiration for a new curriculum of inquiry-based, multiweek laboratory modules in the general chemistry 1 course. The purpose of this curriculum redesign was to improve students' attitudes about chemistry as well as their self-efficacy and skills in performing inquiry…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Science Process Skills, Skill Development, Self Efficacy
Carrandi Molina, Elizabeth – ProQuest LLC, 2016
The purpose of this study was to explore the perceptions of Hispanic first-generation college students (FGCSs) who made the immediate transition from high school into a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) field of study at a public, four-year higher education institution in South Florida. The conceptual foundation for this…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Majors (Students), College Freshmen, Hispanic American Students
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Vásquez-Colina, María D.; Gonzalez-DeHass, Alyssa R.; Furner, Joseph M. – Journal of Research in Education, 2014
This paper reports findings of a pilot study examining the feasibility of a research design to investigate how achievement goals relate to the construct of math anxiety. In addition, we also consider how other important achievement-related behaviors, like self-efficacy, help-seeking, and self-regulation, might also relate to students' math…
Descriptors: Learning Motivation, Mathematics Education, Self Efficacy, Help Seeking
Powell, Terry – Online Submission, 2013
The purpose for this study was to find an assessment that is currently being used and is a common assessment familiar to others within the Brick-and-mortar classroom and transform that assessment for use within the online learning environment. By using assessments, teachers can measure whether or not students are learning what it is they are…
Descriptors: Portfolios (Background Materials), Portfolio Assessment, Student Evaluation, College Students
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Traxler, Adrienne; Brewe, Eric – Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research, 2015
We report on seven years of attitudinal data using the Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science Survey from University Modeling Instruction (UMI) sections of introductory physics at Florida International University. University Modeling Instruction is a curricular and pedagogical transformation of introductory university physics that engages…
Descriptors: Physics, Scientific Attitudes, Introductory Courses, College Students
Niu, Sunny; Li, Jun; Merriman, Jennifer; Matos-Elefonte, Haifa – College Board, 2015
In this study, we compare SpringBoard® (SB) schools that had continuously used the SB English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum for at least three years with comparable non-SB schools. For high schools, the outcomes examined were school-level AP® participation and performance for a) all AP subjects, b) ELA and social science AP subjects, and c) ELA…
Descriptors: Language Arts, English Curriculum, Effective Schools Research, Comparative Analysis
Comella, Bonnie E. – ProQuest LLC, 2012
Over the past 20 years, many colleges and universities have developed diversity support programs aimed at improving underrepresented minority student success in undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines. Developing such programs is important for facilitating higher minority-graduation rates in STEM and broadening…
Descriptors: Student Diversity, Undergraduate Students, Minority Group Students, STEM Education
Norman, Scott W. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
In this study, I explored the overall efficacy of the Master of Science in Educational Leadership/ Administration (MSEL/A) program at Florida State University (FSU), by taking a closer look at the introductory course, Practicum in Educational Leadership (the Practicum), as well as the final assessment, the student e-portfolio. The MSEL/A at FSU is…
Descriptors: Educational Administration, Practicums, Content Analysis, Masters Programs
Borman, Kathryn M., Ed.; Tyson, Will, Ed.; Halperin, Rhoda H., Ed. – Palgrave Macmillan, 2010
Based on research conducted in a three-year, mixed-method, multi-site National Science Foundation, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP) Project, this book offers a comprehensive look into how engineering department culture and climate impacts the successful retention of female and under-represented…
Descriptors: Universities, Engineering Education, Minority Group Students, Urban Education
Borman, Kathryn M.; Cotner, Bridget A.; Lee, Reginald S.; Boydston, Theodore L.; Lanehart, Rheta – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2009
This study was designed to establish the efficacy of Teaching SMART (Teaching Science, Mathematics and Relevant Technologies); a science professional development program for teachers with students in grades 3 through 5. Teaching SMART promotes scientific inquiry and emphasizes the importance of equity, empowerment, exploration, and fun in the…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Training, Program Effectiveness, Resource Teachers
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Stripling, Christopher T.; Thoron, Andrew C.; Estepp, Christopher M. – Journal of Agricultural Education, 2014
Agricultural education has traditionally provided rich learning experiences for secondary school students; however, less attention has been paid to the learning experiences preservice agricultural education teachers utilize and provide secondary school students during the student teaching internship. This study sought to describe the learning…
Descriptors: Learning Activities, Agricultural Education, Learning Experience, Internship Programs
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Brewe, Eric; Traxler, Adrienne; de la Garza, Jorge; Kramer, Laird H. – Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research, 2013
We report on a multiyear study of student attitudes measured with the Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science Survey in calculus-based introductory physics taught with the Modeling Instruction curriculum. We find that five of six instructors and eight of nine sections using Modeling Instruction showed significantly improved attitudes from pre-…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Introductory Courses, Physics, Modeling (Psychology)