Research and Evaluation

Research Methods in ITEST

Thu, 09/01/2016

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STEM Learning and Research (STELAR) Center

This ITEST Data Brief describes the different research methods used in NSF ITEST-funded projects. Using colorful graphics, the brief looks at

  • project study designs
  • tools projects use to measure outcomes
  • kinds of instruments used
  • data collected from participants post-funding, if any
Research Methods ITEST

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2 pp.

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Join EDC at ICERI 2016

Date: 

11/16/2016
Nov. 14-16: Sevile, Spain

Daniel Light will present two papers—"Creating Better E-Learning Environments in Developing Countries: Looking at Experiences in Many Countries" and "Increasing Student Engagement in Math: The Study of Khan Academy Program in Chile"—at the 9th annual International Conference of Education, Research, and Innovation. Learn more about the conference and register

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Measures of Improvement

In this feature article, EDC Principal Research Scientist Leslie Goodyear, the newly-elected President of the American Evaluation Association, shares her insights on the critical role that evaluation plays in building capacity to ensure that programs meet the needs of the people they serve: "Evaluation is about learning, reflecting, and making things better. I think some people see evaluation as a very stern, judgmental, impersonal process, but I don’t see it like that. The programs that I evaluate have a lot of knowledge about what works within the context of their field and in their communities. As an evaluator, my job is more than measuring outcomes. It’s also helping those programs apply that practical knowledge in the service of programmatic improvement. There are lots of ways to do this, and I work in collaboration with program staff to develop the most appropriate evaluation plan."

Source: 

EDC Newsroom

Publication Date: 

Fri, 09/23/2016

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EDC Principal Research Scientist Leslie Goodyear Named AEA President

Leslie Goodyear

EDC principal research scientist Leslie Goodyear has been elected president of the American Evaluation Association (AEA), a 7,700-member association that unites evaluators from the U.S. and 60 countries in working to improve evaluation practices and methods and increase the use of evaluation in all fields of endeavor.

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Webinar: Collaborative Survey Development

Date: 

10/19/2016
Free Online Event

From 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., join EDC Researchers Clare Irwin and Erin Stafford for the free REL Northeast & Islands at EDC webinar, "Developing Surveys Using the Collaborative Survey Development Process." During the webinar, Irwin and Stafford will provide an introduction to a five-step collaborative survey development process that enables researchers and practitioners together to write survey items, or adapt items from existing measures, to create new survey instruments.

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Resources to Help Parents Support Kids’ STEM Interests and Explorations

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Tracy McMahon has over 10 years of experience designing quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation studies. Much of her work focuses on program evaluations that seek to identify the effectiveness of formal and informal science education initiatives. In 2016, she co-authored the report Engineering for Every K-12 Student based on her team's work on a National Science Foundation-funded landscape study of K-12 engineering education in Massachusetts. Tracy is also a mom, and in this post she describes some free science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) resources and programs that she hopes will be useful to other parents who are interested in the recent focus on STEM in their kids’ education. 

 

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EDC Continues Leadership of NSF STEM Learning and Research Center

Image of Sarita Pillai

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has chosen EDC to continue to lead STEM Learning and Research Center (STELAR), the national center that supports NSF-funded Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) projects.

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Survey Tool Hones In on Competency-Based Learning

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Joshua Cox is the Alliance Researcher for the Northeast College and Career Readiness Research Alliance of the REL Northeast & Islands at EDC. His recent work for the Alliance has focused primarily on competency-based learning. Recently, the U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences published a new survey tool and guide co-authored by Joshua and his colleague Sarah Ryan that meets the growing, nationwide need to systematically examine students' experiences with competency-based learning. In this post, first published on the REL Northeast & Islands' website, Joshua discusses the new survey tool, shares the process used to develop the tool, describes the kinds of data the tool can help schools and districts collect, and describes REL Northeast & Islands resources that can support use of the tool.

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