June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
K-12 & Pre-College Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy
22.804.1 - 22.804.12
Impacts of the Vanderbilt University Research Experience for Teachers Program 2008-2010: Analysis of Student Surveys Regarding Motivational Impact Amber C. Spolarich and Stacy S. Klein-Gardner, Ph. D.Abstract The Vanderbilt University Bioengineering Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Programallows teachers to complete twenty-three (23) days of research and develop a curriculum unit thatincorporates their research in a way that is appropriate for their individual classrooms. It was thehypothesis that the research-based curriculum units developed by the RET participants would engagestudents in the learning process and result in a higher level of interest in science and engineering; in turn,leading to increased levels of student motivation as compared to a control teacher’s instruction. Todetermine student motivation, a survey instrument was developed, consisting of twenty (20) questionsand based on the following four points of interest: (1) the student’s view of the classroom experience, (2)the student’s ability to relate the lesson to life, (3) the student’s level of interest in the class, and (4) thestudent’s enjoyment of the topic. The research was conducted in the high school/middle schoolclassrooms of teachers who participated in the RET program. High school and middle school students,aged 12-18, were recruited from several area schools. It was found that the student’s ability to relate thelesson to life and the student’s enjoyment of the topicwere significantly greater than the controlclassroom. These results provide evidence that the RET program and its associated research-basedmodules positively affected student motivation.
Klein-Gardner, S. S., & Spolarich, A. C. (2011, June), Impacts of the Vanderbilt University Research Experience for Teachers Program 2008 - 2010: Analysis of Student Surveys Regarding Motivational Impact Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18085
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