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STEM Central Webinar: Education Research 101: A Beginner’s Guide for S STEM Principal Investigators

This STEM Central Webinar was presented on August 25th, 2015, and is now available for your to view and discuss on STEM Central. Please see the links below to access the recording as well as the powerpoint. Do you have a comment or question about this webinar?   Please share your ideas as a comment below and we will address them as soon as possible.  Thanks and enjoy!

Abstract: Recent NSF solicitations, such as the NSF S STEM Program, call for principal investigators to not only implement effective strategies for increasing the recruitment and retention of undergraduates in STEM fields, but also to study those models that yield the most significant impact. To achieve this goal, principal investigators are often encouraged to make use of data analytics, partner with social scientists and/or education researchers, or avail themselves of the kind of professional development that strategically builds institutional capacity in education research methodologies.  STEM Central will leverage its position as a leader in the STEM higher education reform community to provide a series of webinars aimed at empowering principal investigators to conduct cutting edge education research on the factors that best support and improve STEM student success, particularly among underrepresented populations.

The first in a series of webinars related to this purpose, Education Research 101, will focus on introducing principal investigators to the recently released Common Guidelines for Education Research and Development, which were developed collaboratively by the NSF and Department of Education to improve the overall quality of educational research.

Our presenter is Dr. Kate Winter. Dr. Winter worked with the University of Washington’s NSF ADVANCE initiatives from 2003 to 2009, continued working on issues of faculty development, work-life, and satisfaction with the American Council on Education’s Alfred P. Sloan Foundation projects (2009-2011), and was lead evaluator on numerous federally funded projects in K-12 education, campus based initiatives in higher education, and projects of national associations while at EPI International (2011-2013) before becoming an independent evaluator in 2013. Her areas of evaluation expertise include gender and diversity in STEM, professional development for faculty, college graduation of traditionally underrepresented students, and institutional cultural change. Dr. Winter is a member of both the American Evaluation Association (AEA) and the European Evaluation Society (EES), adheres to the professional and ethical principles set forth by AEA, and follows the “What Works Clearinghouse (WWC)” standards established by the U.S. Department of Education and the “Common Guidelines for Education Research and Development” written by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education and the National Science Foundation. She teaches social science research design, quantitative research methods, qualitative research methods, and mixed research methods in two interdisciplinary doctoral programs in leadership. Dr. Winter earned her PhD in educational policy and leadership from the University of Washington.

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