CREST Program Goals

GOAL 1: More Effective Teaching and Learning

As CREST collaborators work together to develop 1) a deeper understanding of the science behind the proteins being studied in the research lab and 2) hands-on, student centered instructional materials for their classrooms, we expect to see a transition to more student-centered learning in these targeted classrooms, resulting in greater learning gains. Baseline data will be collected in classes prior to the introduction of instructional materials. Tools used to measure the impact on teaching and learning include:

GOAL 2: Greater Understanding of the Process of Science

Too often students envision science as a collection of facts in a textbook and not the experiments that were done to support the evidence described in their textbook. As we develop new instructional materials, we will include activities that will elucidate the science behind the facts. Entitled 'how do we know', these activities will focus on experimental design and techniques used in a research lab. This understanding of the proces of science will be measured by:

GOAL 3: Greater Confidence in Pursuing STEM Careers

Through interacting with both educators and research mentors in a minimally-invasive, yet meaningful participatory role, students involved in the modeling and materials development project are expected to develop greater confidence in their abilities to succeed in STEM careers. Students participating in the modeling project will be compared with 1) classroom students and 2) students involved in undergraduate research. Students in all three groups will complete an attitude survey focused on:

The CREST Project is funded by NSF-DUE 1022793 and NSF-DUE 1323414.

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