The National Science Teachers Association (led by PI David Evans), the Association of Science-Technology Centers (led by Co-PI Margaret Glass), and Oregon State University’s STEM Research Center (led by Co-PI Kelly Riedinger) received an Early Concept Grant for Exploratory Research (EAGER) from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop, disseminate and evaluate a new resource for connecting STEM education practitioners across settings and to the teaching and learning knowledge base. As a result of this initiative, a new journal, Connected Science Learning: Linking In-School and Out-of-School STEM Learning was launched in the Spring of 2016. The STEM Research Center led the summative evaluation study to understand the impact of the journal on the STEM education field.
Connected Science Learning is a peer-reviewed online journal that highlights STEM education experiences that bridge the gap between in-school and out-of-school settings. It features articles about highly effective programs and shares research that connects preK-12 STEM learning in school and out-of-school settings, specifically highlighting effective mechanisms for collaboration. In addition to being a valued resource for a broad range of STEM education professionals, this journal is useful to policy-makers, corporations, foundations, and others seeking to identify, advance, and invest in STEM education. The Connected Science Learning journal can be accessed at http://csl.nsta.org/
This project was funded by NSF EAGER award DRL-1420262.