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Dr. Ayesha Boyce (Educational Research Methodology) received new funding from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for the project “Network for Computational Nanotechnology – Hierarchical nanoMFG Node.” This project is supported by funds from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The evaluation team, led by external program evaluator Assistant Professor Boyce and associates from the School of Education, will work closely with nanoMFG Node leadership to integrate formative and summative evaluation into the general operation of the program. The evaluation will use a value-engaged, educative (VEE) approach (Greene, DeStefano, Burgon, Hall, 2006; Greene, Boyce, Ahn, 2011). The VEE approach, developed with NSF-EHR support, defines high-quality STEM educational programming as that which effectively incorporates cutting-edge scientific content, strong instructional pedagogy and sensitivity to diversity and equity issues. A key role of the evaluator is to work closely with program implementers to promote understanding of program theory, implementation and impact.

 
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