Sustaining the Advancing Reach in Mathematics and Science: How an NSF Noyce Grant Uses Chatrooms
Tuesday, March 7 5:30 PM-7:00 PM Location: Capitol Ballroom D & E
Abstract: A National Science Foundation (NSF) Noyce grant, used by graduates of Arts and Sciences STEM degrees to obtain teaching certification, utilized chatrooms over several years. This poster highlights the chatroom interactions and the responses of the participants before, during, and after beginning to teach. The research question investigated was, “Does the use of an online chatroom build community (and partnerships) between the scholars and does it build 'teacher self-efficacy' before teaching, during student teaching, and/or after beginning to teach?” Over the last three years, quantitative and qualitative data show that all of the Noyce scholars used the chatroom, however, some used it with more frequency and with more detailed, reflective answers. Based on responses in the chatroom, community was built between the scholars and their self-efficacy was enhanced. Statistics and quotes are shared with the audience. References are included in the poster's brief literature review.