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  Session: PER: Diverse Investigations - A
  Paper Type: Contributed
  Title: Embedded Experts: A Productive Approach to Transforming Undergraduate STEM Education*
  Meeting: 2016 Summer Meeting: Sacremento, California
  Location: N/A
  Time: 9:00AM
  Author: Stephanie Viola Chasteen, University of Colorado Boulder
3037753277, chasteen@colorado.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: In order to achieve broader educational change in STEM discipline, research suggests that we need to engage faculty within a discipline, with opportunities to reflect on their teaching over long periods of time. One strategy that achieves this is the “embedded expert” model, where postdocs and other educational experts are partnered with faculty within a department to support course transformation. This model has been successfully used in the Science Education Initiative (http://colorado.edu/sei) at two institutions, using postdoctoral fellows as embedded experts. This model is being adapted and studied at seven institutions, using various embedded experts, in a new NSF-funded project (TRESTLE; http://www.colorado.edu/csl/trestle) in order to test how this intervention can be implemented in different institutional contexts to propagate widespread STEM education reform. I will discuss the embedded expert model, past results, the variations used in TRESTLE, and how we plan to test them.
  Footnotes: *This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1525331 
  Presentation: AAPT-SM16-EmbeddedExpert-Chasteen.pdf

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