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Center Researchers

Researchers and faculty working with the STEM Center and their bio information.


Latest publications from STEM Center researchers as well as available resources.

Research Projects

Ongoing projects at the STEM Center as well as archived projects.

Research Opportunities

Grants and funding available through the STEM Center.

Research Projects

Argument Driven Engineering: The Development of a New Instructional Approach to Teach Engineering in Middle School Science Classrooms

This project has two overall goals: (1) to create a new instructional approach that middle school science teachers can use to teach the engineering design process; and (2) to learn more about how middle school students propose, support, critique and revise design solutions.

Identifying Effective Instructional Practices that Foster the Development of Algebraic Thinking in Elementary School

This project seeks to identify teaching practices that can be linked to students’ early algebra learning in grades three, four and five. In particular, the goal of the project is to use assessment data and videos of classroom teaching in order to identify profiles of instructional practice that are associated with greater student performance in early algebra.

Extending a Grades 3-5 Early Algebra Learning Progression into Grades K-2

The purpose of this project is to extend our earlier work (see LEAP 1, LEAP 2, and LEAP 3) and develop and test the promise of a Grades K–2 Early Algebra Learning Progression to build young children’s algebraic thinking.

Building a Grades K-2 Early Algebra Learning Progression Prototype for Diverse Populations

The focus of this project is to design a curricular framework for developing children’s algebraic thinking across Grades K-2, with a particular focus on understanding how to support the teaching and learning of algebra with students in at-risk populations.

Accelerating Women’s Success and Mastery in Computer Science (AWSM in CS)

AWSM in CS is a $1.2 million research practitioner partnership between the UT STEM Center in the College of Education and the Austin Independent School District (AISD), funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The partnership will develop a Networked Improvement Community (NIC) of 25 teachers and team members from The University of Texas at Austin to implement and test a holistic, research-based approach to tackling female underrepresentation in CS over the next three years.

Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Alliance

ECEP is one of eight Broadening Participation in Computing Alliances (BPC) funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to increase the number and diversity of students in K-16 pathways. ECEP works with state leadership teams to achieve this goal through education policy reform.

Project ROCS (Rural Opportunities in Computer Science)

Project ROCS aims to produce a framework for collecting and reporting outcome measures that accurately portray the nature and extent of access to and participation in K-12 computer science education, especially for students in rural communities.

Archived Projects

These projects have completed their grant period and published their results.