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Hill, Erin M.; Anderson, Laurie; Finley, Brandon; Hillyard, Cinnamon; Kochanski, Mark – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2019
What motivates and demotivates students in their engagement in at-home work for high-stakes assignments, such as test preparation and writing and revising papers? This paper outlines a student-centered method to identify learning strategies students actually use and obstacles students actually face compared to what is reported in the literature.…
Descriptors: Learning Processes, Undergraduate Students, Barriers, STEM Education
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Kant, Joanita M.; Burckhard, Suzette R.; Meyers, Richard T. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2018
Providing science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) culturally responsive enrichment activities is one way of promoting more interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) studies and careers among indigenous students. The purpose of the study was to explore the impact, if any, of STEAM culturally…
Descriptors: High School Students, Females, American Indian Culture, Culturally Relevant Education
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Koch, Robert; Kucsera, John; Angus, Kathryn Bartle; Norman, Kimberly; Bowers, Erica; Nair, Pradeep; Moon, Hye Sun; Karimi, Afshin; Barua, Susamma – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2018
Academic programs targeted for first-time students can help their persistence in STEM majors. Our project, ASCEND STEM, included three first-year experiences (FYEs) designed to offer students the skills that would help them successfully traverse potential barriers to academic success. In the FYEs, we sought to strengthen the learning power,…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Majors (Students), College Freshmen, Science Process Skills
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Icel, Mustafa; Davis, Matthew – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2018
The purpose of this study is to evaluate how the high school-college partnership reflects on "senioritis" and students' STEM curiosity. The term "senioritis" described in this paper refers to high school senior students who have completed most of their graduation requirement courses in their third year of studies. During the…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Partnerships in Education, College School Cooperation, High Schools
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McColgan, Michele W.; Colesante, Robert J.; Andrade, Albert G. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2018
The goal of this study was to determine whether a game-based immersion experience in an introductory undergraduate course in education had an impact on pre-service teachers' skills, beliefs, and confidence using games for teaching academic content. 55 pre-service secondary-education teachers participated in the study. Their first course in the…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Teaching Methods, Educational Games
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Autenrieth, Robin L.; Lewis, Chance W.; Butler-Purry, Karen L. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2018
Ongoing efforts across the U.S. to encourage K-12 students to consider engineering careers have been motivated by concerns that the workforce pipeline for this profession is shrinking. Enlightening K-12 teachers about engineering is one strategy to encourage student interest in the discipline. The Enrichment Experiences in Engineering…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Science Instruction, Summer Science Programs, Teacher Effectiveness
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Phelan, Julia; Ing, Marsha; Nylund-Gibson, Karen; Brown, Richard S. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2017
This study extends current research by organizing information about students' expectancy-value achievement motivation, in a way that helps parents and teachers identify specific entry points to encourage and support students' science aspirations. This study uses latent class analysis to describe underlying differences in ability beliefs, task…
Descriptors: Self Concept, Science Instruction, Middle School Students, Multivariate Analysis
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Cudney, Elizabeth A.; Ezzell, Julie M. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2017
Educational institutions are consistently looking for ways to prepare students for the competitive workforce. Various methods have been utilized to interpret human differences, such as learning preferences and motivation, in order to make the curriculum more valuable. The objective of this research was to determine the impact of new teaching…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Student Motivation, Instructional Effectiveness, Undergraduate Students
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Miller, Roxanne Greitz; Hurlock, Ashley J. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2017
Non research-intensive institutions of higher education are effective at narrowing STEM gender gaps in major selection and persistence to degree completion, yet the decision to attend such a setting is likely seen as counterintuitive when such institutions typically have lower levels of research, financial resources, and total student enrollments…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Females, STEM Education, Performance Factors
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Katrevich, Alina V.; Aruguete, Mara S. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2017
Our study explores the challenges of first-generation students while also examining the factors that predict success in this population. We surveyed undergraduate students to compare the academic and social support needs of first-generation and continuing-generation students. First-generation students showed lower grades and critical-thinking…
Descriptors: First Generation College Students, Undergraduate Students, Student Surveys, Comparative Analysis
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Luster-Teasley, Stephanie; Hargrove-Leak, Sirena; Gibson, Willietta; Leak, Roland – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2017
This educational research seeks to develop novel laboratory modules by using Case Studies in the Science Teaching method to introduce sustainability and environmental engineering laboratory concepts to 21st century learners. The increased interest in "going green" has led to a surge in the number of engineering students studying…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Sustainability, Introductory Courses, Science Instruction
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Ilumoka, Abby; Milanovic, Ivana; Grant, Natalie – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2017
This article reflects upon an investigative study of the powerful impact that mentoring partnerships have on pre-college students and young engineering professionals in Hartford, CT. It was found that these partnerships can provide very strong foundations for a diverse pre-college student engineering pipeline that includes significant numbers of…
Descriptors: Mentors, Females, STEM Education, Minority Group Students
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Tenenbaum, Laura S.; Anderson, Margery; Ramadorai, Swati B.; Yourick, Debra L. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2017
The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research established the Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science (GEMS) program to serve communities in the National Capitol Area (Anderson, Tenenbaum, Ramadorai, & Yourick, 2015). The GEMS program was founded on four key elements to provide opportunities to primarily middle and high school students…
Descriptors: High School Students, Mentors, Peer Teaching, Laboratories
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Carver, Susan D.; Van Sickle, Jenna; Holcomb, John P.; Jackson, Debbie K.; Resnick, Andrew H.; Duffy, Stephen F.; Sridhar, Nigamanth; Marquard, Antoinette M.; Quinn, Candice M. – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2017
In 2012, Cleveland State University implemented a comprehensive program, called Operation STEM (OpSTEM), funded by two National Science Foundation grants, federal work study, and Cleveland State University. Its goal is to increase retention and graduation rates among Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) students by helping them…
Descriptors: School Holding Power, STEM Education, Mathematics Achievement, Calculus
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Kwon, Hyunkyung – Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 2017
Researchers found that student-centered, technology-integrated learning environments help to produce students who are better able to think critically, solve problems, collaborate with others, and engage deeply in the learning process. Understanding the impact of technology and finding the best ways to integrate technology into the classroom is…
Descriptors: Computer Peripherals, Printing, Computer Software, Design
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