Spatial Skills Training for Access and Equity in STEM education - Spatial skills are a cognitive dimension that have received much attention for a well-established link to success in STEM fields. Group differences in spatial ability disadvantage populations already underrepresented in STEM fields: women, racial and ethnic minorities, low socioeconomic status individuals. Although much research has focused on the nature/nurture debate, of particular significance to this work is the evidence that spatial skills can be improved in a relatively short time and that doing so improves success in STEM. We have developed a novel, online, strategy-based spatial skills training that results in significant improvement of spatial skills with approximately 3 hours of training.
Increasing LGBTQ Inclusion in Engineering - Even though recent years have seen significant advances in LGBTQ equality in the U.S. through legislation and social acceptance, research shows that LGBTQ students and faculty on college campuses still experience exclusion and discrimination. STEM fields in particular have been particularly resistant to change. This transformative research-action project investigates barriers to LGBTQ inclusion in STEM creates research-informed Safe Zone ally trainings for STEM professionals, and supports a Virtual Community of Practice for LGBTQ inclusion in STEM.
A collection of modules, or learning units, for use within courses in engineering as well as the liberal arts to the mutual benefit of students in both domains. The modules are meant to infuse ways of thinking and doing in engineering into courses in the liberal arts.
Project READi (Reading, Evidence, and Argumentation in Disciplinary Instruction) defines reading for understanding as the capacity to engage in evidence-based argumentation drawing on multiple texts, with texts broadly construed as information sources in the multiple modalities and genres typical of a specific discipline.
Lesson plans and handouts on literacy, language development, and engineering systems thinking. Design Technology and Engineering Education (DTEEL) for bilingual English Learner Students is a K-5th grade curriculum focused on language development through engineering design and problem solving. Each grade level includes a series of units focused on different aspects of engineering: Materials, Structures, Mechanisms, and Work & Energy. The last two grade levels add units that synthesize these engineering components with a Systems focus on Systems. Each lesson includes instructional strategies to strategically integrate language use and engineering content. The curriculum is thus designed to build on the assets that emergent bilingual students (García, 2009) bring to the classroom and provide them with research-based instructional supports for their meaningful participation and learning in engineering education.
In this presentation, we examine the social, cognitive, and semiotic practices of an engineering expert and discuss the implications of our findings for disciplinary literacy instruction.