Elementary school (K-5)

Validation of the Teaching Engineering Self-Efficacy Scale for K-12 Teachers: A Structural Equation Modeling Approach

Background: Teacher self-efficacy has received attention because of its direct relationship with teachers’ classroom behaviors. Since engineering has been increasingly introduced in K-12 (precollege) education, development of an instrument to measure teachers’ self-efficacy in the context of teaching engineering has been needed.

Purpose (Hypothesis): This study reports the development and validation of the Teaching Engineering Self-Efficacy Scale (TESS) for K-12 teachers.

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Teacher Efficacy and Attitudes toward STEM (T-STEM) Survey

Each of the five Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Elementary Teacher Efficacy and Attitudes toward STEM Surveys (T-STEM) contains six scales (sets of surveys items that most confidently describe a single characteristic of the survey-taker when the responses to these items are calculated as a single result). The first scale is called the Personal STEM Teaching Efficacy Belief Scale (PSTEBS) and consists of Likert-scale questions which ask the respondent about their confidence in their teaching skills.

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The Wilder Collaboration Factors Inventory

The inventory is a free tool to assess how your collaboration is doing on 20 research-tested success factors. It takes about fifteen minutes to complete. It can be distributed to a small group of leaders in the collaborative, during a general meeting, or via mail to all members for the most complete picture. You can tally your score manually or online.  

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Measuring the Mathematical Quality of Instruction

In this article, we describe a framework and instrument for measuring the mathematical quality of mathematics instruction. In describing this framework, we argue for the separation of the mathematical quality of instruction (MQI), such as the absence of mathematical errors and the presence of sound mathematical reasoning, from pedagogical method.

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Views of Nature of Science Questionnaire: Toward Valid and Meaningful Assessment of Learners’ Conceptions of Nature of Science

Helping students develop informed views of nature of science (NOS) has been and continues to be a central goal for kindergarten through Grade 12 (K–12) science education. Since the early 1960s, major efforts have been undertaken to enhance K–12 students and science teachers’ NOS views. However, the crucial component of assessing learners’ NOS views remains an issue in research on NOS.
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Utilizing Collaboration Theory to Evaluate Strategic Alliances

Increasingly, collaboration between business, non-profit, health and educational agencies is being championed as a powerful strategy to achieve a vision otherwise not possible when independent entities work alone. But the definition of collaboration is elusive and it is often difficult for organizations to put collaboration into practice and assess it with certainty. Program evaluators can assist practitioners concerned with the development of a strategic alliance predicated on collaboration by understanding and utilizing principles of collaboration theory.

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Promoting Commenting and Debugging in Early Years Programming

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Active
One hundred twelve first and third graders in an urban area of Indiana are engaged in commenting on and debugging programming code using a tangible programming system that works with an Ipad.
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The Bessie Coleman Project - Using Computer Modeling and Flight Simulation to Create STEM Pathways

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Expired
During the three-year project, approximately 1,000 rural and urban elementary and middle school students will engage in a broad range of project activities - from 3D computer modeling and game design (grades 4-5), to flight simulation using drones.
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Biomechanics to Offer Diverse Young Minds Opportunities to Develop, Explore, and Learn STEM

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Expired
More than 60 educators and 120 youth will participate in an intensive curriculum design, implementation, refinement and research project that strives to integrate Biomechanics into elementary science for the learning of interdisciplinary STEM Topics.
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Enhancing Underrepresented Boys' Engagement in STEM through Mentoring and Father Involvement

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Active
Approximately 100 underrepresented students in Houston, TX are engaged in hands-on, out-of-school STEM projects that focus on the engineering design process through mentorship from underrepresented STEM undergraduates
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