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Denson, Cameron D.; Austin Stallworth, Chandra; Hailey, Christine; Householder, Daniel L. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2015
This paper examines STEM-based informal learning environments for underrepresented students and reports on the aspects of these programs that are beneficial to students. This qualitative study provides a nuanced look into informal learning environments and determines what is unique about these experiences and makes them beneficial for students. We…
Descriptors: Informal Education, Educational Environment, STEM Education, Qualitative Research
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Lawanto, Oenardi; Butler, Deborah; Cartier, Sylvie C.; Santoso, Harry B.; Goodridge, Wade; Lawanto, Kevin N.; Clark, David – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2013
The objective of this exploratory study was to describe patterns in self-regulated learning (SRL) for both high school students and college freshmen while engaged in a design activity. The main research question guiding this study was: How did high school and first-year college students self-regulate their approaches to learning when engaged in an…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Metacognition, High School Students, College Freshmen
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Mativo, John M.; Park, Jae H. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2012
This study sought to find student perceptions of how the engineering design process is learned and applied by pre-service teachers at the University of Georgia. The course description read "demonstration and hands-on learning, including problem solving, designing, construction and testing of prototypes, and activities that increase aesthetic,…
Descriptors: Engineering, Cognitive Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Course Descriptions
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Gilbert, Juan E.; Lewis, Chance W. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2008
Most recently, many higher education institutions have continued to struggle to answer the question of whether they should promote diversity as a central value of the university or protect themselves from legal challenge by avoiding the inclusion of diversity initiatives. In this article, the authors first provide several examples documenting how…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Universities, STEM Education, College Students