- Year 2016
- NSF Noyce Award # 1557387
- First Name Helen
- Last Name Meyer
- Discipline N/A
Helen Meyer, University of Cincinnati, firstname.lastname@example.org
This poster presents follow up data from Noyce funded program completers and other STEM funded teachers from the years of 2005 through 2010. Thus research is needed to understand the impact of program completers in these specialized programs.
The goal for the poster focuses on two specific outcomes. The first outcome considers the difficulty of locating and contacting program completers once they have fulfilled their obligations. The second goal is to describe the experiences of program completers as STEM teachers.
The research used a descriptive survey to follow up on the experiences of the program completers. Surveys were sent to all program completers with available email addresses as word documents. The results are discussed in descriptive trends based on a various demographic factors of the completers.
The outcomes of the study speak to the need to create better systems for maintaining contact with program completers beyond the first year or so as teachers. An additional outcome considers the varying roles that gender and age played in how rapidly completers moved out of required STEM course work to more advanced and elective course work.
The boarder impacts of this study raise issues about when is the appropriate time in a teaching career to consider a new teachers’ impact on students. In addition, it questions what is a ‘teaching career’ and are there individuals who are going interested in teaching for 25 or more years.