The Power of Discovery: STEM2 Evaluation Observation Substudy

Principal Investigator: Deborah Lowe Vandell

Funding: Bechtel

Project Description

For this project researchers are collecting observation data from a subsample of sites that are participants in the Power of Discovery: STEM2 Initiative. Research activities involve a collaboration of two research teams: the Program in Education, Afterschool and Resiliency (PEAR) at Harvard University, and the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine.

The study has two broad sets of aims:

  • to provide further instrument development work to establish the reliability and validity of the Dimensions of Success (DoS) under different conditions and circumstances
  • to relate the DoS tool to the teacher and student reports of the quality and quantity of STEM-related activities at sites that have received varying forms of support from their Regional Innovation Support Providers

The Dimensions of Success (DoS) observation tool, developed and tested by PEAR will be used to assess the quality of STEM activities at all sites in the observation study sample. DoS focuses on 12 dimensions of STEM activities under four main domains:

  1. Features of Learning Environment
  2. Activity Engagement
  3. STEM Knowledge & Practices
  4. Youth Development in STEM