STELAR Center

ITEST Data Brief: Research Methods in ITEST

ITEST Data Brief Volume 3, Issue 3, September 2016

The ITEST program requires that all proposals include a research component. This data brief examines the 63 projects that described their research between September 1, 2014 and August 31, 2015 as reported in the 2015 Management Information System (MIS) survey. Questions addressed include: 

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Promising Approaches to Broadening Youth Participation in STEM

This paper, based on a review of over 200 publications related to approximately 110 ITEST projects, seeks to respond to the broadening participation question in the ITEST solicitation. While all ITEST projects include “broadening participation” as a central goal, we found that publications relating to 43 projects contained specific information on broadening participation. Of those, publications relating to 25 projects had “broadening participation” as the primary focus. Here, we present the range of strategies that project teams employed by highlighting some of those 25 projects.

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Engaging Teachers in Supporting Next Generation STEM Learning

This synthesis paper highlights projects funded by the National Science Foundation’s Innovating Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) grant program that are either primarily designed to support teacher learning or that incorporate teacher learning in a significant way.

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Authentic Inquiries into Local Issues: Increasing Engagement and Building a Sense of STEM Identity and Agency

This paper focuses on ITEST projects that center on authentic inquiries into locally relevant issues.

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STEM Learning Games and Game Design in ITEST Projects

This synthesis is based on a review of publications from ITEST projects, specifically relating to STEM learning games and game design experiences for students.

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ITEST Data Brief: ITEST Projects Funded in 2015

ITEST Data Brief Volume 3, Issue 2, July 2016

In 2015, 30 ITEST projects were awarded funding. STELAR surveyed these projects as part of the the Fall 2015 Management Information System (MIS) Survey and received a 97% completion rate. This data brief presents information from the 29 responding projects around the following questions:  

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ITEST Data Brief: ITEST in Action

ITEST Data Brief Volume 3, Issue 1, March 2016
This data brief provides information on the composition of ITEST project participants, what activities they engage in, in what settings, and what projects feel contributes to their project's success based on projects submissions to the 2014-2015 ITEST Management Information System (MIS) Annual Survey.

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ITEST Data Brief: Project Strategies to Engage Underrepresented Populations

ITEST Data Brief Volume 2, Issue 1, January 2015

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