- Year 2023
- NSF Noyce Award # 1758474
- First Name Audrey
- Last Name Cohan
- Discipline Geosciences, Life Sciences, Mathematics
To encourage students to think about STEM teaching careers and to prepare them with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be teachers in high needs communities.
We wanted to determine whether interest in a teaching career was ignited and whether they subsequently applied to the Noyce Ambassadors Program following a summer “bootcamp” experience. We also wanted to determine if the class benchmarks—the fall semester following the summer internship—better prepared the candidates for (a) lesson planning, (b) implementing content pedagogy, and (c) anticipated challenges the Ambassadors may find managing classes in high needs schools.
Surveys were used to determine whether interest in a teaching career was ignited and whether they subsequently applied to the Noyce Ambassadors Program. To determine the impact of the summer internships, survey data along with an analysis of class benchmarks are examined.
Analysis is ongoing.
Results from these analyses can inform STEM teacher programs on the benefits and potential pitfalls of summer experiences for recruitment and the impact of summer field internships.