Levers for Change: An assessment of progress on changing STEM instruction

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Sandra Laursen, Ph.D.
Senior Researcher and Director, Ethnography & Evaluation Research (E&ER), Center to Advance Research and Teaching in the Social Sciences (CARTSS)
University of Colorado Boulder

Leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields know a great deal about effective evidence-based teaching practices; yet there are widespread barriers to the adoption of these practices. American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), with support from the National Science Foundation and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, engaged Sandra Laursen (University of Colorado Boulder) to lead an evaluation of the state of instructional reform across STEM fields and what helps reduce the barriers to adoption of effective practices. Levers for Change: An assessment of progress on changing STEM instruction reports findings from a cross-disciplinary working meeting held in May, 2018. Experts in STEM instruction convened within and across six broad disciplinary groups: life sciences; chemistry & biochemistry; engineering & computer sciences; geosciences; mathematics & statistics; and physics & astronomy. Reviews of the state of reform within each broad discipline are included as part of the report as well as the findings from the working meeting, which revealed several promising levers for change operating on varying levels: individual, academic unit, and systems. AAAS thanks the National Science Foundation for support under Grant No. DUE-1141449 and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute for providing logistical support and conference facilities for the working meeting