Caroline Parker

Examining the Quality of Technology Implementation in STEM Classrooms: Demonstration of an Evaluative Framework

Technology applications aligned with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workplace practices can engage students in real-world pursuits but also present dramatic challenges for classroom implementation. We examined the impact of teacher professional development focused on incorporating these workplace technologies in the classroom.

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A Report on the NSF ITEST Convening: Defining an Afterschool Research Agenda

In community centers, labs, and classrooms, young people from around the country are diving into STEM learning experiences. They’re devoting some of their valuable out-of school hours to experiment and make discoveries, at the same time building skills in science, math, engineering, and technology. 

Why? What do they get out of it? What motivates them to participate, and what would inspire them to further pursue STEM learning and careers?

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Innovative Uses of IT Applications in STEM Classrooms: A Preliminary Review of ITEST Teacher Professional Development

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program provides a unique opportunity to assess a broad spectrum of professional development projects that share key characteristics but were designed to meet distinct local school and community contexts.

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The Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) Program: Teachers Developing the Next Generation of STEM Talent

This article is part of a special issue of the Journal of Technology and Teacher Education (JTATE). It introduces and summarizes how the six articles describe specific ITEST teacher development projects, provide portraits of these projects, and address important themes that cross ITEST professional development and STEM professional development more generally: building links between informal and formal education; using technology in innovative ways; integrating STEM content into professional development; reaching and engaging underrepresented populations; developing innovative professional development; and tightening the research/practice cycle.

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Editorial: Innovative Professional Development for STEM Workforce Development

Introduction to a special issue of CITE wherein three ITEST projects are highlighted.  The three projects in this issue share characteristics: programs that interweave formal and informal learning environments, incorporation of practices that allow participants to engage with STEM content in a hands-on manner, and a dedication to improving research on project impacts.  This editorial describes these characteristics in depth.

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Building a Framework for Researching Teacher Change in ITEST Projects

This review looks to literature on teacher change in science and technology education. We address the following question: How do science and technology teacher professional development programs define and describe changes in teaching beliefs and practices that lead to the effective implementation of sophisticated science and technology into formal classroom teaching?

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Advancing Research on Youth Motivation in STEM: A Report on the NSF ITEST Convening

This report outlines the discussions and outcomes of the Advancing Research on Youth Motivation in STEM Convening held at Boston College (Chestnut Hill, MA) in September 2011. The convening was hosted by the ITEST Learning Resource Center (LRC) at Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC).

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ITEST Management Information System (MIS) 2012: Final Report Describing Active ITEST Projects

The fourth annual MIS report, a program-wide summary of ITEST projects, was released in January 2013. This report, prepared with data from the fourth annual ITEST Management Information System (MIS) administration in 2012, describes who ITEST projects served, how many participants they served, the structure of the project, their intended outcomes, and how those outcomes were measured.

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ITEST Management Information System (MIS) 2010: Final Report Describing Active ITEST Projects

The second annual MIS report, a program-wide summary of ITEST projects, was released in July 2011. This report, prepared with data from the second annual ITEST Management Information System (MIS) administration in 2010, describes who ITEST projects served, how many participants they served, the structure of the project, their intended outcomes, and how those outcomes were measured.

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ITEST Management Information System (MIS) 2009: Final Report Describing Active ITEST Projects

The first annual MIS report, a program-wide summary of ITEST projects, was released in June 2010. This report, prepared with data from the first annual ITEST Management Information System (MIS) administration in 2009, describes who ITEST projects served, how many participants they served, the structure of the project, their intended outcomes, and how those outcomes were measured.

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