This project details two years of quantitative and qualitative assessment of the Science Research Workshop (SRW) program, an intervention for first- and second-year biology and chemistry students aimed at increasing their likelihood of majoring in science and pursuing a professional research career.
The philosophy supporting SRW comes from the work of Lave and Wenger (1991), in particular the idea of engaging learners with common domains of interest in legitimate participation in communities of practice.
Survey and interview data analyzed shows students making important advancements in several critical areas the literature have tied to retention success. Program participants show significant differences compared to control group students in perceptions of research self-efficacy and interest in science, clarity of future goals, and determination to stay in a science career path.
National Science Foundation
Publications & Presentations
Streitwieser, B., Light, G., & Pazos, P. (2010). Entering the community of practitioners: A science research workshop model. Change Magazine, May/June 2010, 17-23.
Streitwieser, B., Light, G. (2009). Young scientists entering the community of practitioners: The Science Research Workshop Program. International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) Annual Conference, Bloomington, IN. (Forthcoming).
Streitwieser, B., Light, G., Pazos-Lago, M., Drane, D., Hirsch, P. (2008). The Science Research Workshop Program: Situated learning in the scientific community. Presentation at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.
Streitwieser, B. (2008). The Science Research Workshop Program: Learning what real scientists do and writing a proposal to support first time research. Presentation at the S.T.E.M. Communities in Conversation conference, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL.