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ED MADISON

University of Oregon

"My STEM Story"

NSF Awards: 1759442

2020 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades 9-12

"My STEM Story: Scaling STEM Motivation Through Digital Storytelling and Near Peer Relationships" is advancing efforts of the ITEST program to better understand and promote practices that increase student motivations and capacities to pursue careers in fields of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) by developing and testing a novel approach to near-peer mentoring.

The project is based on the premise that interactions between undergraduate students and high school proteges with similar backgrounds and social experiences have potential to benefit high school students who view the videos within teacher-guided settings. High school students use videography to capture their conversations with undergraduate students about their academic struggles and successes in science, with the intention of bringing to life the experiences students from underrepresented groups have in their pursuit of careers in STEM fields. The digital storytelling approach is expected to promote positive attitudes toward science, interest in science disciplines, and intentions to pursue education pathways to science-related careers. In particular, it is anticipated that the approach will contribute to broaden the participation of students from groups historically underrepresented in STEM-related education pathways and career domains. The project will examine the extent to which the planned creative and reflective video experiences generate interests in pathways to STEM careers more effectively than traditional, academically focused approaches. 

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    Brian Kruse

    Director, Teacher Learning Center
    May 4, 2020 | 03:02 p.m.

    Thank you!  I love how you are using personal experience and narrative to broaden STEM involvement. The ability for students to communicate their own stories gives them their own voice. Go Ducks!

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    Ed Madison

    Lead Presenter
    Associate Professor
    May 4, 2020 | 07:02 p.m.

    Thanks!!

  • May 4, 2020 | 05:09 p.m.

    This looks like a great idea. Have your team considered using/integrating social media platforms to share these videos and connect with a bigger audience?  (e.g., Instagram, tiktok)

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    Ed Madison

    Lead Presenter
    Associate Professor
    May 4, 2020 | 07:01 p.m.

    Thanks for the feedback. We're still in the early stage of our work...but we will eventually share selected versions of the materials via social media.  

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    Jamie Mikeska

    Researcher
    May 5, 2020 | 11:57 a.m.

    What a great idea and I am sure you have many inspiring stories to share! What are your plans for determining the broader impact of this work and how are you disseminating these stories nation- and worldwide?

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    Ed Madison

    Lead Presenter
    Associate Professor
    May 5, 2020 | 01:55 p.m.

    Thanks. We will be creating a website that includes resources. 

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    Jason Aloisio

    Manger of Project TRUE
    May 5, 2020 | 01:19 p.m.

    This is great! We run a near-peer research mentoring program with HS and undergrad students too and find that both the HS students and the undergrads are impacted. How long do the HS students work with the undergraduates? In what ways does the undergrad mentor? Towards the development of a research project? Or do they implement lessons? 

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    Ed Madison

    Lead Presenter
    Associate Professor
    May 5, 2020 | 01:56 p.m.

    Thanks. The formal mentorships took place over a 3-day period and consisted of the mentees shadowing their mentors.

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    Amy Wagler

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 5, 2020 | 01:24 p.m.

    This is a wonderful project! I think the video approach is so appropriate for the young people we are trying to reach. I would love to see your research results and how these videos help students identify with studying science and, ultimately, science careers. Kudos! well done!

     

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    Ed Madison

    Lead Presenter
    Associate Professor
    May 5, 2020 | 01:57 p.m.

    Thanks!

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    Steven Greenstein

    Facilitator
    May 5, 2020 | 02:30 p.m.

    Science and humanity WILL be better when diverse voices and perspectives are represented! Yes! I love the authentic nature of the personal videos. They do a powerful job of communicating what you call the heart of the project -- relationships. 

    What had you thinking that a digital storytelling, near-peer relationship approach would be an effective lever for increasing STEM interest and participation as opposed to, say, something more focused on learning and instructional design?

     
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    Susan Kowalski
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    Ed Madison

    Lead Presenter
    Associate Professor
    May 5, 2020 | 02:46 p.m.

    Thank you. Our PI team was inspired by the work of David Yeager at the University of Texas Austin on short-term interventions through the use of video storytelling. I've noted the effectiveness of near-peer mentoring in my Journalistic Learning Initiative research, in terms of how student publication teams foster leadership, role-modeling, and autonomy-support. (See the video section: http://journalisticlearning.com)

     
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    Steven Greenstein
  • May 5, 2020 | 03:47 p.m.

    This is an amazing program! It is uncanny how much what you are doing mirrors the approach of our Cal-Bridge video this year. We called our video "Student Voices" because we wanted to create a way for as many people as possible to hear directly from the students about the impact the program has on their lives, which is what you are doing as well. 

    The concept of near peer mentoring also really resonated for me. We recently started a peer mentoring program in Cal-Bridge to facilitate the more advanced scholars in the program helping and guiding those who follow.

    I really admire your professionalism in how you approach the problem and would very much like to talk with you offline about it, to see if we could expand our video work to come up to the level of yours. My e-mail is alrudolph@cpp.edu. If you had time to chat, I would love to hear from you (after this week).

    P.S. In addition to this NSF video, we will be making public a half dozen scholar interviews on our soon to be launched YouTube channel. You will be able to reach it starting next week from our website: www.calbridge.org.

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    Ed Madison

    Lead Presenter
    Associate Professor
    May 6, 2020 | 01:51 p.m.

    Great. I'll respond directly via email.

     
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    Alexander Rudolph
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    Susan Kowalski

    Researcher
    May 5, 2020 | 04:59 p.m.

    I love how you use video to document near peer interactions to inspire budding scientists across the country! This is such an innovative project. Thank you for sharing your work!

     
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    Alexander Rudolph
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    Ed Madison

    Lead Presenter
    Associate Professor
    May 6, 2020 | 01:51 p.m.

    Thanks for the feedback.

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    Ed Robeck

    Facilitator
    May 5, 2020 | 06:37 p.m.

    Fascinating project. The idea of having the videos created seems to have great potential. I'm a little unsure of the connections within the project. There is a high school/undergraduate student dyad. There is also separately a video team, right? Do the dyad members have a role in the video production (i.e. other than being the subjects)? Is the video team somehow also linked in to the STEM learning (in addition to producing the video)? I'm really interested in how all the pieces fit together. I'm a science educator who has been doing some work with a colleague in Communications. We've explored documentary as a learning tool, and also for civic engagement--small stuff compared to what you are doing, but related. 

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    Ed Madison

    Lead Presenter
    Associate Professor
    May 6, 2020 | 02:01 p.m.

    Hi Ed, In addition to my researcher role, I teach video/documentary production at University of Oregon and previously had an extensive network television/media career in Los Angeles (CNN, CBS, Discovery Networks). We recruited several of our top undergraduate videographers to document the dyads. The mentees were given cameras to document and reflect (first-person) their experiences. Mentees also conducted on-camera interviews with their mentors. All of the elements were integrated. 

     
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    Andrea Gingras
    Michael I. Swart
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    Ed Robeck

    Facilitator
    May 5, 2020 | 06:38 p.m.

    I'm also wondering about the documentary approach that you take. Are the documentary crews part of a class? At what level? Are they using any specific approaches to documentary filmmaking?

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    Ed Madison

    Lead Presenter
    Associate Professor
    May 6, 2020 | 02:18 p.m.

    As I stated, the doc crews are comprised of proficient UO undergrads we've recruited. They also serve somewhat as "camp counselors" during the four days. Our mentees were recruited from an existing annual summer program that convenes on UO's campus. In that program, selected high school students spend a week surveying different disciplines and reside in the dorms. The students we recruited from that program came a week early to participate in our experience. Our mentors were recruited from a separate summer fellowship program for underserved undergraduate science students who have demonstrated proficiency, also held on our campus. 

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    David Campbelll

    Facilitator
    May 6, 2020 | 10:57 a.m.

    I’m pleased to see you’ve found a way to disseminate the near-peer experience.  I’m curious how you recruit your high school students, they seem to be very charismatic and enthusiastic.  It’s refreshing to see someone so excited about learning about worms

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    Ed Madison

    Lead Presenter
    Associate Professor
    May 6, 2020 | 02:19 p.m.

    Hi David, Thanks for the feedback. Please see my detailed response to Ed Robeck above regarding recruitment. 

  • May 6, 2020 | 12:23 p.m.

    Love this idea of connecting STEM and storytelling. I wonder if the students have input into what makes it into their video stories? Our new NSF project involves getting young children and families to tell stories while they are engaged in STEM activities in a museum. Our idea is that personalized stories can be a powerful tool in advancing STEM learning and interest. 

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    Ed Madison

    Lead Presenter
    Associate Professor
    May 6, 2020 | 02:20 p.m.

    Hi Catherine, 

    They compose and ask questions, and also shoot and contribute vlog footage.

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    Aramati Casper

    Researcher
    May 6, 2020 | 03:33 p.m.

    This is an interesting implementation of near-peer mentoring. I look forward to seeing how this project impacts STEM involvement!

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    Ed Madison

    Lead Presenter
    Associate Professor
    May 8, 2020 | 09:53 a.m.

    Thanks.

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    John Fraser

    President & CEO
    May 6, 2020 | 04:08 p.m.

    Ed, exciting project. One thing we've run across in the past is that high performing kids are sometimes perceived by other kids as somehow "not applicable to my experience."  How are you using this strategy to overcome the perception that the elite from my community can't represent for me?

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    Ed Madison

    Lead Presenter
    Associate Professor
    May 8, 2020 | 09:57 a.m.

    Great question. We endeavor to recruit mentees who represent a broad spectrum of students. Also, a significant amount of time in the videos deals with facing challenges and obstacles from both the mentors’ and mentees’ perspectives. 

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    Ed Robeck

    Facilitator
    May 8, 2020 | 08:52 a.m.

    Hi Ed, I really fascinated by your use of documentary filmmaking here. I wonder if any of what you're doing makes it way back into the regular classroom--either formally or informally. Do you know if any the HS teachers' students picking up on any of the storytelling and/or filmmaking that their students are experiencing? That may be outside the scope of your project, but it seems a great opportunity to seed some new ideas into classrooms.

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    Ed Madison

    Lead Presenter
    Associate Professor
    May 8, 2020 | 10:01 a.m.

    A key aspect of the project is showing the videos to classrooms of 10th graders at several high schools and measuring students’ responses. That’s our next stage, which has been postponed by the COVID19 outbreak.

  • May 8, 2020 | 09:05 a.m.

    Ed, Thank you for the description of near peer mentoring and a video spotlighting the student engagement. The connection of high school students through intentional pairing with a mentor was a powerful framework to increase diversity in STEM. The student's voices supporting the program highlighted how powerful those experiences can be for an individual. 

     
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    Michael I. Swart
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    Ed Madison

    Lead Presenter
    Associate Professor
    May 8, 2020 | 09:52 a.m.

    Thank you for your feedback.

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    CarlaDean Caldera

    Informal Educator
    May 8, 2020 | 02:23 p.m.

    A wonderful project...very powerful for our youth!

     
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    John Fraser
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    Ed Madison

    Lead Presenter
    Associate Professor
    May 11, 2020 | 12:05 p.m.

    Thanks!

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    Catherine Stimac

    Executive Producer, Education Productions
    May 8, 2020 | 03:06 p.m.

    Look forward to hearing more as your project progresses. And great to see this in my own backyard!

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    Ed Madison

    Lead Presenter
    Associate Professor
    May 11, 2020 | 12:05 p.m.

    Thanks!

  • May 11, 2020 | 03:28 p.m.

    Fantastic.  Could tell before reading up above that someone'd work'd in LA biz!  Opportunities on every level - stories (shot by students) of students mentoring student scientists for sharing with younger student scientists to the whole world!  

    Is there a survey that students complete when it comes time for course/elective selection? As a fan of David Yeager, there are some great surveys one could administer for motivation, mindset, goals, interest, content, etc.  Will email you. 

    Am excited for your presence on social YT, IG, FB, TikTok, eTc...  As an open ended source of pure reactions and discussions threads, with no prompts necessary, this is great in situ research with an invaluable data set.  Looking forward to learning more. Inspiring.  Thanks for sharing.

     
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    Ed Madison

    Lead Presenter
    Associate Professor
    May 11, 2020 | 04:54 p.m.

    Thanks Micheal. Let's connect offline.

  • Icon for: Andrea Gingras

    Andrea Gingras

    Project Coordinator
    May 11, 2020 | 04:40 p.m.

    What an inspiring project! How were the mentors (undergrad researchers) recruited and did they receive any training to be a mentor? 

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    Ed Madison

    Lead Presenter
    Associate Professor
    May 11, 2020 | 04:53 p.m.

    Thanks. See my extensive answer to Ed Robeck above who asked the same question.

  • Icon for: Kristen Procko

    Kristen Procko

    Researcher
    May 11, 2020 | 08:31 p.m.

    Wonderful project! I love how this is at the interface of research, storytelling, and science communication. 

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    Ed Madison

    Lead Presenter
    Associate Professor
    May 11, 2020 | 08:34 p.m.

    Thanks!

  • Icon for: Lesa Taylor

    Lesa Taylor

    May 12, 2020 | 07:55 a.m.

    Thank you for sharing. I fully believe in mentoring. Having been a Cub Scout, Boy Scout leader, and a girl scout leader I saw mentoring at its fullest. It is great to see STEM working.

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