Research and Sponsored Programs
Research Leading to Better Learning: Rutgers University GSE faculty value and conduct research that is collaborative and interdisciplinary, benefiting from the perspectives of our colleagues across the university community and of scholarly practitioners who work in varied educational settings. Listed below are the various research institutes and centers of excellence that the GSE employs in support of research and scholarship:
Integrating Arts and STEM
Sponsored by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, this professional-development program aims to improve teacher effectiveness by integrating Arts and STEM pedagogical practices. The focus of the program is to promote Arts Education as an integral component of the curriculum, and to facilitate Arts integration with STEM curriculum through teacher professional development. Science, math, and technology teacher leaders from several New Jersey school districts in partnership with New Jersey teaching artists, and Rutgers faculty will engage in professional development designed to increase teacher effectiveness, facilitate creativity and innovation, and fulfill requirements of the New Jersey Curriculum Standards for Visual and Performing Arts. The program is led by Primary Investigator on the grant, Dr. Saundra Tomlinson-Clarke, Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology; and Co-Primary Investigator Dr. Penelope Lattimer. Click the corresponding links to view the STEAM Consortium White Paper and Lessons. Read the announcements here and here.
Upgrading Learning for Teachers in Real Analysis (ULTRA)
Upgrading Learning for Teachers in Real Analysis is an NSF-funded collaborative project to design, implement, and assess an innovative real analysis course for pre-service and in-service mathematics teachers. More generally, this project introduces an alternative model to teaching advanced mathematics to current and future mathematics teachers, a model that more meaningfully connects the teaching of secondary mathematics to the advanced mathematics content. ULTRA was developed by Keith Weber and Juan Pablo Mejía Ramos of Rutgers GSE, Amy Cohen of Rutgers Department of Mathematics, Nick Wasserman of Teachers College at Columbia University, and Tim Fukawa-Connelly of Temple University.
Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) in the Classroom
Associate Professor Beth C. Rubin is working with co-PI’s Mayida Zaal (Montclair State University) and Jennifer Ayala (Saint Peter’s College) on a design-based project to implement and analyze the impact of a youth participatory action research curriculum for social studies classrooms. The curriculum, designed by a team of faculty and high school teachers with support from the Overbrook Foundation, is being piloted in 15 New Jersey classrooms during the 2010/11 school year.