"Drivers and Barriers: Documenting the Use of Promising Practices in Large Introductory STEM Lecture Courses"
American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting
Theme: Leveraging Educational Research in a “Post-Truth” Era: Multimodal Narratives to Democratize Evidence
April 5-9, 2019
Title: Drivers and Barriers: Documenting the Use of Promising Practices in Large Introductory STEM Lecture Courses (Paper)
Session: Supporting Students’ Workforce Readiness
Authors: Viet Vu, Gabriel Orona, Mark Warschauer
Abstract: Promising practices have been stipulated as an important strategy to increase undergraduate student success and retention in STEM. Using a mixed-methods approach, we leverage nearly 300 classroom observations to document and describe the implementation of promising practices in introductory STEM lecture courses at a large public university. Additionally, we utilize instructor interviews to analyze the factors that inhibit or contribute to the pedagogic decisions instructors make. The findings of this study go well beyond a descriptive account of whether or not instructors utilize promising practices: a new theoretical model that contextualizes the influences on instructor decisions towards adopting promising practices is put forth that takes into account the holistic interplay between institutional learning culture, policy, and available resources.