Research & Development

PreK-12 Integrated STEM Education

Our research goals with preK-12 students and teachers focus on learning and the design of learning environments. To that end, we investigate evidence-based learning environments that promote discourse-rich, formative assessment-based learning opportunities that (1) target science and engineering practices and (2) foster culturally relevant and equitable participation in STEM opportunities.

We engage in the study of both in-school and out-of-school STEM learning with a focus on learning progressions and developmental pathways that inform instructional and curricular frameworks. We strive to understand and support students' development and attainment of conceptual, epistemic, and procedural learning goals; e.g., core content knowledge, problem-solving, critical and computational thinking, model-based reasoning, and collaborative teamwork. Our curriculum design is engineering-forward STEM integration with learning situated in authentic, place-based contexts rooted in phenomena.

Current efforts and collaborations:

  • West Dallas STEM School
  • Maker Education Project
  • Persistence, Effectiveness and Retention Studies In STEM Teaching (NSF Award #1904102)


Recent Research Activities

“I just do what the boys tell me”: Exploring small group student interactions in an integrated STEM unit

Jeanna R. Wieselmann

Teacher-tested tips for integrating 3-D printing technologies into the science classroom

Jeanna R. Wieselmann
Our goal is to provide our undergraduate students with meaningful experiences that will make an impact on their education and training. 
Lyle graduate students will be prepared with the knowledge and expertise needed in engineering education to become strong researchers in the field. 
The next generation of faculty will be equipped with the skills needed to be successful in the classroom.