- About PKAL
PKAL Phase VI— Empowering Faculty: Pedagogies of Engagement
With support from NSF, PKAL coordinated a series of activities that built from and extended the experience and expertise of formal and informal collaborating networks working to promote excellence in undergraduate STEM learning within their constituency. The broader impact of this project was to move the locus of transformational change to a focus on student learning goals at the broad institutional and consortial level, away from an individual faculty member. Further, it leveraged resident expertise within networks and within PKAL to accomplish larger goals relative to STEM learning than could be accomplished in isolation. The intellectual merit was its explicit connection between research-based learning strategies that strengthen undergraduate learning and “change” strategies that strengthen faculty interest and capacity in the realm of pedagogies of engagement.
The National Science Foundation awarded Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) a grant to pilot a National STEM Faculty Development project. This was a two-year effort to determine what works in collaborating with formal networks to strengthen expertise within and across networks committed to adapting, implementing, and assessing contemporary research-based approaches to strengthen student learning in STEM fields.
This project was one outcome of the recent strategic planning for PKAL's future that led to a re-articulation of PKAL's vision, goals, strategies and actions for the next decade. This project was part of PKAL's continuing effort to identify, nurture, and support leaders taking responsibility for shaping robust undergraduate STEM learning environments. The kaleidoscopic perspective drives our work: integrating research and education in shaping faculty careers; connecting the evolution and assessment of programs, pedagogies, and spaces to insights on how people learn; and building bridges that cross boundaries of discipline, institutional types, and spheres of responsibility.