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Improving STEM education through Departmental Action Teams
Joel Corbo, Center for STEM Learning, University of Colorado Boulder
URL: https://www.colorado.edu/project/dat/
 

Despite decades of research into improved educational practices and the evidence of their effectiveness, educational transformation at the university level has yet to happen at scale. The problem here is not that there are a lack of good ideas for what changes to make, but rather that the strategies that are being used to create change are inappropriate or ineffective (e.g., because they ignore factors such as reward structures, departmental culture, sustainability, or shared visions). As part of a change effort to improve undergraduate STEM education, we have been facilitating and studying Departmental Action Teams (DATs). A DAT is an externally-facilitated working group of 4 to 8 faculty, staff, and/or students that is created by a department to achieve two goals: (1) create sustainable change around a broad-scale issue related to undergraduate education in the department and (2) help develop DAT participants' capacity for creating future change through developing facilitation and leadership skills. Rather than making "quick fixes" to try to address a "problem" in the short term, the DAT focuses on creating new structures and shifting departmental culture to address the issue in a sustained and ongoing fashion. DATs are supported by external facilitators who provide DAT participants with expertise in education and institutional change research, logistical support, campus connections, and a functional process for achieving their goals. In this presentation, we will share the DAT model, describe successful pilot DATs, and discuss the expansion of the DAT model to two universities.

Vashti Publishes Article About an Analytic Framework to Characterize Student Reasoning
September 5, 2018
Vashti Publishes Article About an Analytic Framework to Characterize Student Reasoning

PERL co-director Vashti Sawtelle, PERL alumni K.K. Mashood, and colleagues have published an article in Life Science Education title Developing an Analytical Framework to Characterize Student Reasoning about Complex Processes.

Angie publishes article in The Physics Teacher
August 30, 2018
Angie publishes article in The Physics Teacher

Angie Little and colleague published a paper in The Physics Teacher titled On the Importance of Engaging Students in Crafting Definitions.

Dr. Alanna Pawlak Defends Her PhD!
July 23, 2018
Dr. Alanna Pawlak Defends Her PhD!

Dr. Alanna Pawlak Defends Her PhD!

Katie Publishes Article on a Critical Look at Physics Identity
June 1, 2018
Katie Publishes Article on a Critical Look at Physics Identity

Prof. Katie Hinko and her collaborators, Simone Hyater-Adams, Claudia Fracchiolla, Noah Finkelstein, have published an article investigating a framework for examining race and physics identity.

Vashti Publishes Article on Modeling Instruction for University Physics
May 11, 2018
Vashti Publishes Article on Modeling Instruction for University Physics

PERL co-director Vashti Sawtelle and colleagues have published an article on Modeling Instruction for University Physics in the European Journal of Physics

Dr. Daryl McPadden Defends Her PhD!
March 21, 2018
Dr. Daryl McPadden Defends Her PhD!

Daryl McPadden successfully defended her PhD. Congratulations Daryl!

PERL Members Publish 10 PERC Papers
March 13, 2018
PERL Members Publish 10 PERC Papers

We're proud to annouce that the PERL Team has contributed to 10 PERC Papers in 2017.

Prof. Katie Hinko Wins $10,000 S3 Grant
February 8, 2018
Prof. Katie Hinko Wins $10,000 S3 Grant

Prof. Katie Hinko is leading a team that was awarded a $10,000 Science and Society @ State grant. Working with Prof. Megan Halpern, their project titled: Hidden Value: Investigating the Physics Demonstration as Aesthetic Experience looks to explore physics demonstrations as meaningful experiences.

Angie publishes in Journal of Science Teacher Education
February 2, 2018
Angie publishes in Journal of Science Teacher Education

Angie Little and colleagues published a paper in the Journal of Science Teacher Education titled: Building Reflective Practices in a Pre-service Math and Science Teacher Education Course That Focuses on Qualitative Video Analysis

Vashti & Danny Named 2018 Teacher-Scholars
January 31, 2018
Vashti & Danny Named 2018 Teacher-Scholars

Vashti Sawtelle and Danny Caballero were both named 2018 Teacher-Scholars for their fantastic teaching and research: 

http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2018/2018-teacher-scholar-awards/