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Descriptive Portfolio Overview of Discovery Research K-12 (DR K-12) Projects Funded from 2007 to 2012

The Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education (CADRE) was funded by a cooperative agreement, beginning in 2008, as the resource network that supports the DR K-12 community in advancing the state of research and evaluation in STEM education, and furthering the goals of the DR K-12 program. As part of its work, CADRE annually conducts a review of the DRK-12 portfolio.

Author/Presenter: 
Alina Martinez
Brian Freeman
Daphne Minner
Laurie Bozzi
Carolyn Callahan
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2013
Short Description: 

This overview is intended to describe the scope and depth of research and development DR K-12 has funded and to identify areas that could be advanced by further investigations by CADRE. The overview summarizes the 351 projects that met the criteria for inclusion and analysis.

STEM Smart Brief: Engineering: Emphasizing the “E” in STEM Education

Author/Presenter: 
CADRE
Year: 
2013
Short Description: 

“Engineering is taught only sporadically in K-12 schools, despite growing evidence that engaging in engineering education leads to improved student learning and achievement in mathematics and science, in part by connecting these subjects to real-world problems.” Read this brief to learn more about the increasing efforts to integrate engineering into the K-12 curriculum.

STEM Smart Brief: Connecting Informal and Formal STEM Education

Author/Presenter: 
CADRE
Year: 
2012
Short Description: 

“Providing a richness of resources unavailable in any classroom, informal science institutions across the country have developed exemplary partnerships with public schools—and have room for more.” Read this brief to explore how out-of-school learning can complement and enhance what is being taught in the classroom.

STEM Smart Brief: Raising the Bar: Increasing STEM Achievement for All Students

Author/Presenter: 
CADRE
Year: 
2012
Short Description: 

“When students from non-mainstream backgrounds receive equitable learning opportunities, they are capable of attaining science outcomes comparable to their mainstream peers. The same is true for mathematics and, presumably, for other STEM subjects, as well.” Read this brief to dive further into what can be done to improve the academic achievement of students from all backgrounds.

STEM Smart Brief: Improving STEM Curriculum and Instruction: Engaging Students and Raising Standards

Author/Presenter: 
CADRE
Year: 
2012
Short Description: 

“For effective K–12 STEM instruction to become the norm, schools and districts must be transformed.” Read this brief to learn more about curriculum and instructional methods that engage students in the learning process.

STEM Smart Brief: Preparing and Supporting STEM Educators

Author/Presenter: 
CADRE
Year: 
2012
Short Description: 

“Recent research emphasizes that teacher quality alone cannot improve student achievement at scale. School leadership, staff collaboration, and a positive climate are among essential organizational elements that contribute to meaningful change.” Read this brief to learn more about suggested methods for properly supporting STEM educators.

Descriptive Overview of the DR K-12 Portfolio: Projects funded 2007-2012

The Discovery Research K-12 (DR K-12) program, funded by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings (DRL), supports research and development in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. Specifically, the program seeks to enhance the learning and teaching of STEM by funding “research projects that study the development, testing, deployment, effectiveness, and/or scale-up of innovative resources, models and tools.”

Author/Presenter: 
Alina Martinez
Brian Freeman
Daphne Minner
Laurie Bozzi
Caroline Callahan
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2013
Short Description: 

This report, the fifth and final portfolio overview to be prepared by CADRE, describes important characteristics of the first six cohorts of DR K-12 projects that received their initial funding from 2007 to 2012. It characterizes the development and research in STEM education—on resources, models, and technologies—funded by the DR K-12 program.

Powering Up for the Head Start on Science Program: Using Power Analysis to Plan the Sample Size Required for a Multi-Site Cluster Randomized Trial

This intermediate session demonstrated how we conducted an a priori power analysis for a longitudinal,multisite cluster randomized trial of an early childhood science education program, then later revised it to accommodate budget changes suggested by the funder without compromising the viability of the study. We covered how the research questions, design, and analysis plan informed the power analysis approach; the software we used; and what the input parameters required actually represent.

Author/Presenter: 
Steven J. Pierce
Laurie A. Van Egeren
David Reyes-Gastelum
Lead Organization(s): 
Year: 
2012
Short Description: 

This intermediate session demonstrated how we conducted an a priori power analysis for a longitudinal,multisite cluster randomized trial of an early childhood science education program, then later revised it to accommodate budget changes suggested by the funder without compromising the viability of the study.

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