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Abstract Title: Longitudinal Tracking of the STEM Teacher and Researcher Program
Abstract: The STEM Teacher and Researcher (STAR) Program addresses the science and mathematics teacher recruitment and retention crisis by creating a prestigious dual "teacher-researcher" career path. Founded in 2007 by the Cal Poly Center for Excellence in STEM Education, STAR provides summer research experiences and professional development to pre-service and early career teachers. We present results from a longitudinal study involving the 176 alumni who participated in the program between 2007 and 2011. Survey, interview, and public credentialing data are used to characterize STAR alumni in terms of their progress along the teaching career path. As of fall 2013, 77% of alumni were identified as either teaching or on teaching paths. Aumni teachers reported feeling confident about engaging their students in inquiry-based activities and part of a network of teacher-researchers. The work presented here lays a foundation for understanding the long-term impacts of STAR research experiences for pre-service teachers.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Dimitri R. Dounas-Frazer
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
John Keller, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Sanlyn Buxner, University of Arizona