Making Research Practice Partnerships Work: An Assessment of the Maker Partnership

Cheri Fancsali, Sarah Klevan, Zitsi Mirakhur

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Abstract

Strong, equitable research practice partnerships (RPPs) center both researcher and practitioner perspectives and priorities. These RPPs facilitate rigorous, relevant research that practitioners can use to improve program implementation. Our project, The Maker Partnership, is an RPP focused on building knowledge about how to help elementary level teachers integrate computer science (CS) and computational thinking (CT) into their regular science classes using maker pedagogy. In this experience report, we use the Henrich et al. framework to assess the Maker Partnership's effectiveness along five dimensions and share practical advice and lessons learned. This paper contributes to the CS and RPP literature by providing insight into how an RPP can address critical problems of practice in computer science education.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2021 Research on Equity and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, and Technology, RESPECT 2021 - Conference Proceedings
EditorsChristina Gardner-McCune, Siobahn Day Grady, Yerika Jimenez, Jean J. Ryoo, Rafi Santo, Jamie Payton
ISBN (Electronic)9781665449052
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021
Event2021 Research on Equity and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, and Technology, RESPECT 2021 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: May 23 2021May 27 2021

Publication series

Name2021 Research on Equity and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, and Technology, RESPECT 2021 - Conference Proceedings

Conference

Conference2021 Research on Equity and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, and Technology, RESPECT 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online
Period5/23/215/27/21

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation (Award #1742320).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 IEEE.

Keywords

  • CS/CT integration
  • Research Practice Partnership
  • elementary level
  • maker pedagogy
  • teacher capacity building

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Education

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