Our primary research goal is to generate findings that can help promote powerful learning opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) for all students. We emphasize research that focuses on understanding innovations in STEM fields, especially those that aim to reach historically underserved and underrepresented populations. Our work yields evidence and insights relevant and useful to educators, policy makers, and researchers. We explicitly connect research findings with implications for each of these fields.
Our interdisciplinary research team including learning scientists, policy researchers, sociologists, psychologists, anthropologists, political scientists, evaluators, and methodologists. We have extensive experience and expertise in qualitative and quantitative research methods as well as deep content knowledge in STEM. At times, we augment our expertise by partnering with the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education faculty and researchers, as well as colleagues from regional and national organizations.
Projects and Services
Our research projects are multifaceted and take place across all settings in which STEM learning takes place. Among our research projects:
- The Science Learning Activation Lab
- PEEPs for PD: Project Evaluation Effectiveness Principles for Professional Development in Elementary Science Teaching
- The Strengthening Science Education in California Initiative
- Promising Practices for Teaching Algebra: Successful teachers of African-American and Latino students
- The Nature of Visitor Inquiry at Science Center Exhibits
- Studies of instructional materials implementation and professional development (in- and out-of-school)
In addition to our extended research projects, we engage in rapid research efforts to support clients' immediate information and research needs.
Reports and Presentations
Our researchers are skilled at presenting findings and insights to various and diverse audiences. The Research Group tailors research dissemination efforts to suit the project type and needs. We choose from a variety of dissemination options including: reports (formal research reports, web-based reports, legislative reports, etc.); publications (peer-reviewed journals, educator venues, etc.); research and policy briefs; and presentations to various stakeholders. We often present to project participants, leaders and developers, organizational boards, and policy-making bodies. We also present at national, state, and regional conferences such as the American Educational Research Association, American Evaluation Association, Association of Science-Technology Centers, National Association of Research in Science Teaching, National Science Teachers Association, and Visitor Studies Association.
Research is funded by multiple sources including federal grants, private foundations, private and public clients, and Lawrence Hall of Science programs. The cost of our client-based research services varies depending on the scale and scope of the project. We work closely with project leadership to develop a project scope and budget that meets their needs.