Goal 4: Research
Goal 4: Research our activities to further develop the knowledge base of effective STEM education experiences within the complexities of authentic learning environments
The NSF DRK-12 grant supported research effort at Mt. Healthy focuses on improving and better understanding the relationship between engineering instruction and science instruction and resultant science achievement. Engineering is Elementary modules have been introduced into the science curriculum for grades 5 and 6 with all the science teachers. It appears that the approach improves both student attitudes toward science and achievement in science.
Multiple strands of research are evolving within this area including the development of a validated instrument for measuring student scientific reasoning abilities, an understanding of the types of curriculum that best promotes student development of these abilities, and the type of teacher education necessary to adequately prepare teachers for implementing reasoning-targeted instruction.
This comprehensive research program considers how teachers understand and define Engineering Education, factors that impact their ability to implement engineering education in their classrooms and develops an instrument to understand how students engaged in engineering problems strategize and use information to solve problems. The research is also interested in the impact of changing instruction on Higher Education faculty.
The research agenda attached with the Noyce scholarship program is focused on the development of teacher leaders in STEM. It seeks to test some current assumptions that career changers into education are more likely than graduates from standard undergraduate education programs to take on leadership roles in their schools. The research takes into consideration the teachers beliefs about the role of teachers as formal or informal leaders as well as their work context.
Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellows
Two research areas are emerging from this program. One includes the role of induction mentoring, particularly online mentoring, in the development of STEM teacher leaders. A second research focus considers the ability of the WWOTF to design instruction to meet the needs of the diverse populations of students in the urban settings where they spend their clinical year.
OSLN/Race to the Top learning Modules
This small project is being studied to understand the impact on faculty of integrating a set of online learning modules into their classes. The research will considered the involvement of the faculty members in the development of the modules and how this impacts the modules use in the different courses.
Fusion Final Friday Research Brown Bag Lunches
In an effort to increase the research and scholarship community, the Fusion Center hosts monthly research talks. Faculty from across programs in the School of Education are invited to share their research in an informal setting.