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STEM Educators—Join this Exciting Research Opportunity Through PBS TeacherLine

posted on September 13, 2011

STEM Educators—Join this Exciting Research Opportunity Through PBS TeacherLine

You are invited to participate in an exciting opportunity to help evaluate the effectiveness of a new online graduate course, “Global Climate Change Education for High School” (GCC Course), by serving as a Control Teacher.

As an incentive, you will receive a $50 stipend for completing the evaluation instruments, and for completing a PBS TeacherLine online course in science, math, or technology for high school educators during the 2011 fall term slated to start October 26, 2011. The course enrollment fee will be covered by the study. 

Research Study Details

The Center for Research in Educational Policy (CREP) at The University of Memphis and Interactive Educational Systems Design, Inc. are conducting the research study. The study will focus on addressing the following research questions.

To what extent has participation in the GCC Course:

  • Strengthened teacher knowledge of the science of climate change?
  • Increased teacher awareness of relevant, available NASA resources?
  • Led to actual integration of NASA data and resources into classroom instruction?
  • Fostered greater use of interdisciplinary approaches in GCC instruction?
  • Led to increased adoption of effective STEM teaching techniques?

Data Collection: Control Teacher participants will complete a pre-post assessment at the same time that you are taking a PBS TeacherLine online course in math, science, or technology for high school educators this fall. The course enrollment fee will be covered by the study.

Who can Participate?

The study is open to grade 9-12 science, technology, engineering, or mathematics teachers who agree to

  • complete the online PBS TeacherLine course in which they are enrolled, and
  • participate in the Control Teacher Activities.

To participate in the GCC Research Study control teachers must:

  • Teach grade 9-12 science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics
  • Sign, complete, and return Control Teacher Form (PDF).
  • Complete a PBS TeacherLine course in science, math, or technology for high school during the fall term. Courses begin on October 26, 2011, and end on December 6, 2011. Participants in PBS TeacherLine courses are expected to actively participate online during all six weeks of the course (from October 26 to December 6, 2011), complete and submit assignments, and contribute to the online course community. The course enrollment fee is waived. However, the study will not cover the costs of graduate credit fees.


Eligible PBS TeacherLine Courses (inclusive of grades 9-12) for the Study

You can click on any of the courses for more detail, or visit the course catalog.

MATH410 Seeing Math: Linear Functions
MATH415 Seeing Math: Transformations of Linear Functions
MATH425 Seeing Math: Systems of Linear Equations
MATH440 Seeing Math: Transformations of Quadratic Functions
MATH455 Seeing Math: Data Analysis
MATH512 Achieving Learning Goals through Accomplished Mathematics Instruction
MATH517 Guiding Student Learning through Accomplished Mathematics Instruction
RDLA130 Teaching Reading in Science
SCIE520 Teaching High School Biology 
SCIE560 Teaching Earth and Space Science
SCIE570 Introduction to Biotechnology
TECH145 Teaching with WebQuests
TECH160 Putting Technology to Use in the Classroom
TECH195 Graphic Organizers for 21st Century Learning
TECH300 The Computer for Personal Productivity
TECH325 Searching and Researching on the Internet
TECH330 Communicate and Collaborate Online
TECH335 Publishing on the Web

If you are interested in participating as a Control Teacher, please complete and return the Control Teacher Form (PDF). 

PBS TeacherLine courses are online and a six-week commitment. Learners are expected to log-on daily, participate in discussion forums regularly, and submit coursework and assignments for evaluation. Please carefully review the syllabus for your course before committing to this study.

For all questions, please contact Crissy Ross, the research associate for the study, by phone: 901-678-1399 or email:

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Subjects: MathProfessional DevelopmentScience & Technology


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