Mar 23, 2023  
2021-2022 Graduate Academic Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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MB 7220 - Advancing STEM in Schools

2 lecture hours 4 lab hours 4 credits
Course Description
This course extends the learning from knowledge gained in Project Lead The Way or Center for BioMolecular Modeling summer courses. The course requires students to develop a comprehensive plan to extend and enhance STEM education within their own school, and beyond their own classroom. Possible plans might address improving student preparation for STEM study along the K-12 pipeline. Participation by teachers and school administrators must be incorporated into planning the initiative. (prereq: MB 7210  and completion of second Project Lead The Way summer course)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Design an action research model to address the formulated research question
  • Address key ethical and legal issues surrounding action research in the classroom, and in the research design of own project in particular
  • Identify, adapt, and justify new STEM curriculum and/or teaching techniques as the intervention to be investigated in the research model
  • Implement the classroom research protocol defined in the model, typically including pre-measures, intervention, and post-measures
  • Apply appropriate statistical analysis methods to evaluate data gathered in research effort
  • Document and present results of research with an emphasis on findings, implications for student learning, and factors for further consideration
  • Communicate positive findings to peers and school leaders in a compelling and persuasive manner
  • Evaluate the action research of others to determine validity

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None

Course Topics
  • Introduction - course overview
  • Review of action research project & timeline
  • Role of school leaders in school improvement
  • Developing formal hypotheses
  • Using research for school improvement
  • School-level action research
  • Instruments for data gathering
  • Gathering data from staff and other stakeholders
  • Statistical methods - quantitative and qualitative
  • Analyzing cause-effect experiments, correlations, survey research, qualitative studies
  • School-level action research teams
  • Case study: decreasing the performance gap
  • Independent action research project work
  • Complete and submit final report

Dr. Kathleen Miezio

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