Teachers’ Learning in Courses in a New Curriculum Pathway
This research has two strands, corresponding to ETEC 523 and EDCI 625. One strand, corresponding to ETEC 523, assesses teachers’ knowledge about technology, pedagogy, and content in a course Stephen Adams is teaching in Spring, 2017, ETEC 523 Information and Digital Literacies. The persons taking the course are all teachers at K-12 schools. It is hypothesized that the teachers will have well-developed ideas about pedagogy, but, as a group, their knowledge of educational technologies and how to use them in teaching will be an area for further development. The research will analyze teachers’ knowledge in these areas via assignments throughout the course. It is anticipated that this analysis will contribute to better understanding how course activities contributed, or did not contribute, to the development of their knowledge about technology and using it in teaching.The other strand of research concerns EDCI 625, taught by Dr. Corinne Martinez.
This research concerns how, via this course, teachers developed their knowledge of developing and assessing curricula for using in Linked Learning. The course includes helping teachers learn about project-based learning teaching methods. Research will assess teachers ‘knowledge of these methods and their ability to apply them.
Lead Faculty: Dr. Stephen Adams and Dr. Corinne Martinez.
Research Assistant: Fabian Rojas-Ramirez
Beyond General Hospital: Engaging High School Students Through a Hospital-Based Mentoring and Simulation Program
In July 2014, Long Beach Memorial/Miller Children’s Hospital (LBM/MCH) was awarded a grant from the James Irvine Foundation to begin a Linked Learning project aimed at preparing high school students from the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) for careers in health care. Students selected for the program are paired with health professionals from LBM/ MCH in various health disciplines (e.g., nursing, medicine, social work, respiratory therapy). The aforementioned program has not yet undergone a formal evaluation. Thus, the purpose of this study is to evaluate the impact of the high school simulations mentorship program. Study aims are as follows:
1. To determine the relationship of student engagement to ideal career characteristics
2. To evaluate the effect of the high school simulation mentorship program is associated with a significant change in the health career selection
The results of this study might inform future pedagogy in nursing and educator preparation in the CSUs by examining a local model of career preparation at the secondary level, helping CSU candidates to get a better sense of Linked Learning in practice.
Lead Faculty: Dr. Melissa Dyo and Dr. Betina Hsieh, California State University, Long Beach