It’s no surprise that a key priority for each member of 3U Partnership is to deliver exceptionally high quality education to students. But the study of education itself is an area where working together can offer a new lens to explore the practice of education, to deliver new insights and innovations, and to develop powerful impacts of national importance.
Together with their affiliated colleges, DCU, Maynooth University and RCSI have combined expertise at all levels of education, from early childhood to third-level. Combining such expertise in a smart and complementary way will offer new insights into how we learn and new solutions to the challenges facing modern education.
3U NSTEP has Two Strands of Research
Stand 1 concerns research into the teaching and learning of STEM subjects at third level.
Strand 2 concerns enquiry-based learning in Mathematics and Science Education.
A major challenge right now is to increase interest in, and the effectiveness of, education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and to explore how digital technologies can enhance learning throughout our education system. 3U PARTNERSHIP established 3U NSTEP (National Initiative in STEM Education and Practice) to advance teaching and learning in the area of STEM Education.
3U N-Step Strand 1
The aim of Strand 1 of this project is to encourage research into teaching and learning at university level by setting up and administering a research fund. A funding call was issued in Spring 2013 in order to facilitate joint research projects on the teaching of STEM subjects at university level. It was envisaged that each successful project would typically involve researchers both from Education and STEM departments, with projects normally involving researchers from more than one of the partner institutions. This collaborative interdisciplinary approach allows experts in educational research and those with subject-specific content knowledge to work together to investigate issues concerning teaching at third and fourth level. The main exercise under Strand 1 of the N-STEP initiative has been the funding of small-scale research projects on STEM education at third level. Eight projects were funded.
If you would like to view 3U NSTEP Strand 1 Project Reports click HERE
To view 3U Research – Award Winners of the N-STEP, Strand 1 Funding Call 2013/14 click here
N-Step Strand 1 groups awarded 274K Funding
3U Partnership would like to congratulate members of the NSTEP group on the success of receiving 274K funding from the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning for funds for a digital learning project.
The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning recently announced the results of the first funding call under the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund scheme. The aim of this fund is to enhance teaching and learning by building digital capacity in Higher Education institutions; 2 million euro was made available in Phase 1. One of the ten funded projects grew out of two groups funded by the 3U NStep Strand 1 initiative.
3U N-Step Conference, 11 September 2014 – Dublin City University
Successful applicants of 3U N-Step scheme presented a final report on their research. The conference was addressed by two plenary speakers Dr Matthew Inglis of the University of Loughborough and Professor Mark Brown, DCU. Dr Inglis reported on an eye-movement study designed to understand and improve how undergraduate students read mathematical proofs.
In addition, representatives of Strand 2 of the 3U N-Step project presented “Transitions in STEM – Great expectations on hard times?”.
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3U Partnership have published 3U NSTEP Strand 1 Project Reports. Click HERE to view Publication.
3U NSTEP: NATIONAL INITIATIVE IN STEM EDUCATION AND PRACTICE
A major challenge right now is to increase interest in, and the effectiveness of, education in science, technology… 3U Partnership have published 3U NSTEP Strand 1 Project Reports. Click HERE to view Publication.