1. Catherine McCulloch
  2. https://www.edc.org/catherine-mcculloch
  3. Senior Project Director; PI, CADRE
  5. Education Development Center
  1. Hilda Borko
  2. Professor of Education
  4. Stanford University
  1. Amy Busey
  2. https://www.linkedin.com/pub/amy-busey/7/516/484
  3. Senior Research Associate
  5. Education Development Center
  1. Christine Cunningham
  2. http://eie.org/sites/default/files/cmc_short_bio.pdf
  3. Founder & Director, Engineering is Elementary
  5. Museum of Science, Boston

Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education (CADRE)

NSF Awards: 1449550

2018 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades K-6, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, Informal / multi-age

 The Impact of Education Research

  • How do you think about the impacts of education research? In terms of potential societal benefits? Benefits in individuals' lives? Particular types of outcomes, e.g., student engagement or learning?
  • How do we measure impact? In terms of changes in resources that are produced, participation levels, aspects of instructional practices, student performance, or diversity in the STEM pipeline and workforce?
  • How do we improve the impact of K-12 STEM education research? Working in closer collaboration with educators and other stakeholders? Increased dialogue with policy-makers? Designing research for experimental testing? Identifying critical features for adaptation of models, technologies, systems, etc. to specific contexts? 


We invite you to think about these issues of education research impact when viewing CADRE's video featuring Christine Cunningham (Museum of Science), Kathy Perkins (University of Colorado, Boulder), Vikram Kapila (NYU), and Cory Forbes (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) who talk about the impacts their NSF-funded projects have had on students and teachers.

Their project work was funded through the DRK-12 program at NSF. The Discovery Research PreK-12 program (DRK-12) seeks to significantly enhance the learning and teaching of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computer science (STEM) by preK-12 students and teachers, through research and development of STEM education innovations and approaches. 

CADRE, the DRK-12 program resource center supports and connects researchers, educators, and others committed to improving preK-12 STEM education. We invite you to visit cadrek12.org and our STEM Smart website to learn about STEM education research and products through project spotlights, briefs on key STEM education topics, exemplary STEM education programs, and other resources such as our dissemination toolkit.

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