June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
NSF Grantees Poster Session
23.850.1 - 23.850.17
Learned Lessons from the First Year Research Experiences for Teachers ProgramWe have successfully finished our summer program in our National Science Foundation (NSF)supported Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) Site entitled “Multidisciplinary EngineeringResearch for Rural Michigan's Future.” The summer program was 6 weeks long and hosted 7 in-service teachers (high school science) and 5 pre-service teachers (integrated science majors).Participants are split into 6 groups and teamed up with an engineering faculty and an engineeringundergraduate student each. During their 40 hours/week work schedule, participants haveworked on faculty supervised research projects for half their time and the rest was reserved forclassroom unit plans that participants would work on developing. Several guest speakers andprofessional coaches helped us during the professional and curriculum development activities.We are currently working on developing follow-up plans during the academic year where pre-service teachers will implement classroom activities under in-service teachers’ supervision andthese activities will be used during high school visits to the campus.In this paper, we will give the details about the RET Site’s management and discuss ourexperiences from lessons learned during the first year. Weekly survey results will be analyzedand interpreted. Reflections from participants, faculty, and undergraduate students will bepresented. External evaluation scheme will be introduced and results will be given. Each projectwill be briefly introduced and outcomes will be shared. Finally, we will conclude with theoverall lessons we learned from this experience and discuss next summer’s plans as a result ofour analysis and self-reflections. We hope that our shared experiences (struggles,accomplishments, and mistakes, etc.) will help the engineering education community developmore effective relationships with K-12 by using the models we implemented.
Kaya, T., & Yelamarthi, K., & DeJong, B. P., & Hu, Q., & Cheng, S., & Kettler, S., & Chen, D. (2013, June), Learned Lessons from the First Year Research Experiences for Teachers Program Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19864
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