Project Kaleidoscope Phase VI

Project Hypotheses

Empowering Faculty: Pedagogies of Engagement

This is a pilot project, testing the hypotheses that what works in promoting, adapting and advancing new approaches is when:

  • STEM faculty have formal and continuing opportunities to learn with and from peers: examining, exploring, adapting and assessing research-based approaches having documented (& positive) impact on student learning in STEM fields
  • faculty development opportunities are available through multiple avenues, including formal/informal networks to which STEM faculty and their institutions belong, networks that:
    • serve as conduits for exchanging ideas and materials and for connecting with experienced agents of change
    • engage both STEM faculty and their administrative colleagues in a context of informed institutional commitment
    • are committed to a long-term and collaborative effort to build and sustain robust undergraduate STEM learning environments in all member colleges and universities
  • there are in-place continuing mechanisms to promote wide-spread discussion at the institutional level and across the network about STEM learning goals, about pedagogical and assessment approaches that serve those goals, and about STEM faculty as agents of change
  • what happens at the local level and within the network connects to the larger national agenda to ensure all 21st century undergraduates have access to the kind of research-based pedagogies that are designed to attract and sustain student interest in science, mathematics, and engineering-and do so.