STEM Media That Matters: Examining Youth Radio’s STEM-Powered Media Production

By Alex Gurn, Ph.D. Young people growing up today must learn to navigate a digitally-mediated world of increasing complexity and contradiction. The ubiquity of digital technology and the rapid expansion in the use of data across all sectors of the economy has reshaped our everyday realities around communication, education, work, and community life. To navigate […]

Inspiring Young People to Pursue STEM Careers

By Alex Gurn, Ph.D. I recently attended, “Stories from ITEST – Culturally Competent Projects that Inspire Young People to Pursue STEM Careers.” The NSF-related webinar presented findings from some of the research in a special issue of Journal of Science Education and Technology, ‘Stories from ITEST: Inspiring Young People to Pursue STEM Careers’ ( REA’s […]

Critical Youth Literacy for a Changing World

By Alex Gurn, Ph.D. Our world is changing—and it’s changing fast. Over the past three decades, massive societal transformations have rippled out from the complex realities of globalization. For better and for worse, K-12 schools, universities, and community-based organizations are experiencing the consequences of economic shifts, technological innovation, demographic changes, and increasing inequality. As a […]

3 Questions for Calibrating the Sample Size for Your Impact Study

By Kristin Bass, Ph.D. When it comes to sample sizes, how big is big enough? Here’s a quick introduction to planning out the optimal sample size to study the effects of your program. The number of participants you need in your sample depends first and foremost on the size of the effect you anticipate. The […]

Assessing for and with Digital Badging Programs

By Jennifer Borland Reposted from yourevalpal Over the course of the past three years, I’ve had an opportunity to study and evaluate digital learning programs offered by the Smithsonian, and the Smithsonian Center for Digital Learning and Access – including a series of online conferences and a digital badging program called “Smithsonian Quests.” In preparation […]