Peer Reviewed Research Offering Validation of Effective and Innovative Teaching (PR2OVE-IT)

Project Status
Completed
November 25, 2013
to
September
23
2010
Sponsor
National Science Foundation
At-a-Glance
A digital clearinghouse summarizing research on educational interventions to enhance student learning, retention, and professional success in post-secondary engineering and science
Objectives
  • The PR2OVE-IT (Peer Reviewed Research Offering Validation of Effective and Innovative Teaching) website is an evolving digital clearinghouse that summarizes the available research on educational interventions designed to enhance student learning, retention, and professional success in post-secondary engineering and other allied sciences.
Key Contacts

CASEE took steps toward characterizing the education research base underlying instructional and assessment practices for enhancing student retention, persistence, progression, and professional success. Particular emphasis is being placed on post-secondary engineering with collateral attention to science, technology, and mathematics education. The work is being performed by the Center for the Advancement of Scholarship on Engineering Education of the National Academy of Engineering.

The PR2OVE-IT (Peer Reviewed Research Offering Validation of Effective and Innovative Teaching) website is is divided into two major categories for searching and viewing information about articles: interventions (instructional practices) and outcomes (the main result(s) of the study).

Each article chosen for inclusion in the database meets all five of the following criteria:

  1. it had an educational intervention;
  2. the intervention was at the undergraduate level;
  3. the intervention was in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) field;
  4. it discussed an outcome (no matter how anecdotal);
  5. the outcome was related to improved learning or performance, retention, or assessment (and not simply student satisfaction).


The outcomes of this effort were as follows:

  • Identification of fewer than 400 papers (distilled from more than 10,000) that address instructional practices and assessment;
  • Characterization of these papers with respect to their outcome focus (e.g., academic or career skills), locus of application (e.g., classroom or departmental and beyond), purpose (e.g., improve teaching, redesign courses, or change learning environment)), and nature of research (qualitative, quantitative, or anecdotal);
  • Identification of various instructional practices, the populations on which they are asserted to work, and the circumstances under which they are asserted to work;
  • Creation of an easily accessible and searchable prototype database with the above information; and
  • Beta and pilot testing of the prototype database and website interface for utility and usability by engineering educators.

This project was supported by the National Science Foundation via grant DUE-0431218.