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Center for Advancing Research and Communication in STEM

​Advancing the quality and use of evidence on innovations to improve STEM education policy, instruction, and learning, ARC is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded initiative that supports education research focused on core scientific questions about learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  ARC investigators conduct research and provide technical assistance in support of over 300 STEM investigators across the U.S. funded by NSF’s Research and Evaluation on Education in Science and Engineering (REESE) program as they work to improve education policy, instruction, and learning, in and outside of formal classroom settings.  Working closely with REESE investigators, agency staff, and our own Board of Science Advisors, ARC’s mission is to build capacity to: 

  • Produce rigorous evidence of what works to improve STEM instruction and learning
  • Encourage discovery and innovation across disciplines and institutions
  • Accumulate, synthesize, and disseminate findings to stakeholders

Research Topics

Center investigators’ research interests include:

  • Establishing principles for educational research accounting for judgments and evidence
  • Developing criteria for establishing the rigor of investigations at all stages of the research and development cycle
  • Determining and measuring meaningful effect sizes
  • Identifying and addressing factors that impede and strategies that enhance knowledge accumulation
  • Establishing the broader impacts of both individual research investigations and broad and diverse portfolios of funded research
  • Investigating educational links among transitions between formal schooling and careers in STEM
  • Encouraging women, minorities, and other underrepresented groups to pursue education and careers in STEM

Initiatives 

Promoting awareness of the REESE program and its contributions to STEM learning. ARC makes available via the Center’s website descriptions of the work undertaken by current and former REESE projects.  To ensure consistency in the descriptions of each project’s key characteristics and major outcomes, ARC asks REESE investigators to provide information about their projects via a Structured Abstract form.  Learn more 

Building the capacity of REESE projects to produce and disseminate rigorous research. ARC provides technical assistance on research methods and analysis; assists projects in sharing and archiving measures, instrumentation, and data; offers workshops and convenes sessions for PI meetings; organizes symposia to highlight REESE findings at scientific and professional meetings; and implements and evaluates activities to increase awareness, accessibility, and use of knowledge and innovations arising from the REESE program.  Learn more 

Providing resources for designing interventions to identify effects on learning and instruction in specific locales: the Web VA. Assigning classrooms and schools to treatment conditions is increasingly common in education research. ARC provides online access to information from the Variance Almanac of Academic Achievement (developed by ARC Co-Principal Investigator Larry V. Hedges and NORC Research Scientist Eric Hedberg) needed to ensure adequate statistical power in such cluster randomized trials.  Learn more

ARC Research

Expertise and sensitivity to research problems are strengthened when investigators offering technical assistance are actively pursuing closely-related research agendas. ARC’s research initiatives are designed both to advance the mission of the REESE program and to inform the technical assistance services we provide to the REESE community.  Learn more

ARC Board of Science Advisors

ARC’s Board of Science Advisors include STEM experts from Michigan State University and research universities in the Chicago area who join ARC investigators and staff in providing technical assistance to REESE projects, and advise ARC on the development, provision, and evaluation of other services to the REESE community. Learn more​

Major Capabilities

  • Statistics and sampling
  • Study design and conceptualization
  • Data collection and management
  • Analytic research
  • Dissemination
  • Evaluation research and performance management
  • Technical assistance

Headlines

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Job Posting Programmer Analyst (SAS, Blaise) - Survey Research More
Posted: 4.16.2014 5:13PM
Job Posting Communications Specialist – Website Design and Promotion More
Posted: 4.16.2014 5:12PM
Published Research "What Happens to High-Achieving Females after High School? Gender and Persistence on the Postsecondary STEM Pipeline.", Perez-Felkner, L.C., McDonald, S-K. and Schneider, B.L., 2014 (forthcoming) More
Posted: 4.3.2014 10:51AM
Published Research "Female and Male Adolescents' Subjective Orientations to Mathematics and the Influence of Those Orientations on Postsecondary Majors.", Perez-Felkner, L.C., McDonald, S-K., Schneider, B.L. and Grogan, E., 2012 More
Posted: 4.3.2014 10:37AM
Published Research "The Changing Landscape: Enhancing the Public School Option for Black Youth.", Perez-Felkner, L.C., Hedberg, E.C. and Schneider, B.L., 2011 More
Posted: 4.3.2014 10:30AM
Published Research "Generalizing from Unrepresentative Experiments: A Stratified Propensity Score Approach.", O'Muircheartaigh, C. and Hedges, L.V., 2014 More
Posted: 3.18.2014 11:05AM
Published Research "Drinking, Socioemotional Functioning, and Academic Progress in Secondary School.", Crosnoe, R., Benner, A.D. and Schneider, B.L., 2012 More
Posted: 3.4.2013 9:35AM
Published Research "Meta-Analysis.", Hedges, L.V., 2012 More
Posted: 2.13.2013 4:10PM
Published Research "Design of Empirical Research.", Hedges, L.V., 2012 More
Posted: 2.13.2013 4:08PM
Published Research "Research Methods and Methodologies in Education.", Arthur, J., Waring, M., Coe, R. and Hedges, L.V. (eds)., 2012 More
Posted: 2.11.2013 10:33AM
Published Research "Bayesian Estimates of Autocorrelations in Single-Case Designs.", Shadish, W.R., Rindskopf, D.M., Hedges, L.V. and Sullivan, K.J., 2012 More
Posted: 2.7.2013 9:25AM
Published Research "Research Infrastructure for Improving Urban Education.", Hedges, L.V. and Jones, N., 2012 More
Posted: 2.7.2013 9:23AM

News

News The General Social Survey helps make the distinction between colleges and faith More
Posted: 3.14.2012 2:05PM
News President Barack Obama nominates NORC Expert Larry Hedges for the National Board for Education Sciences More
Posted: 10.27.2011 4:51PM

Events

Publications

"What Happens to High-Achieving Females after High School? Gender and Persistence on the Postsecondary STEM Pipeline." Perez-Felkner, L.C., McDonald, S-K. and Schneider, B.L., 2014 (forthcoming) More
Posted: 4.3.2014 10:51AM
"Female and Male Adolescents' Subjective Orientations to Mathematics and the Influence of Those Orientations on Postsecondary Majors." Perez-Felkner, L.C., McDonald, S-K., Schneider, B.L. and Grogan, E., 2012 More
Posted: 4.3.2014 10:37AM
"The Changing Landscape: Enhancing the Public School Option for Black Youth." Perez-Felkner, L.C., Hedberg, E.C. and Schneider, B.L., 2011 More
Posted: 4.3.2014 10:30AM
"Generalizing from Unrepresentative Experiments: A Stratified Propensity Score Approach." O'Muircheartaigh, C. and Hedges, L.V., 2014 More
Posted: 3.18.2014 11:05AM
"Drinking, Socioemotional Functioning, and Academic Progress in Secondary School." Crosnoe, R., Benner, A.D. and Schneider, B.L., 2012 More
Posted: 3.4.2013 9:35AM
"Meta-Analysis." Hedges, L.V., 2012 More
Posted: 2.13.2013 4:10PM
"Design of Empirical Research." Hedges, L.V., 2012 More
Posted: 2.13.2013 4:08PM
"Research Methods and Methodologies in Education." Arthur, J., Waring, M., Coe, R. and Hedges, L.V. (eds)., 2012 More
Posted: 2.11.2013 10:33AM
"Bayesian Estimates of Autocorrelations in Single-Case Designs." Shadish, W.R., Rindskopf, D.M., Hedges, L.V. and Sullivan, K.J., 2012 More
Posted: 2.7.2013 9:25AM
"Research Infrastructure for Improving Urban Education." Hedges, L.V. and Jones, N., 2012 More
Posted: 2.7.2013 9:23AM
"Increment-Decrement Life Table Estimates of Happy Life Expectancy for the U.S. Population." Yang, Y. and Waliji, M., 2010 More
Posted: 1.28.2013 3:38PM
"A Standardized Mean Difference Effect Size for Single Case Designs." Hedges, L.V., Pustejovsky, J.E. and Shadish, W.R., 2012 More
Posted: 10.2.2012 9:51AM

Job Postings

Programmer Analyst (SAS, Blaise) - Survey Research More
Posted: 4.16.2014 5:13PM
Communications Specialist – Website Design and Promotion More
Posted: 4.16.2014 5:12PM

Contacts

Kevin L. Brown

(773) 256-6024

Senior Staff

Hedges

Larry Hedges
Senior Fellow at NORC, Principal Investigator

Colm O'Muircheartaeigh

Colm O'Muircheartaigh
Senior Fellow and Co-Principal Investigator

Kevin L. Brown

Kevin L. Brown
Associate Director Senior Research Scientist, NORC at the University of Chicago

Carolina Milesi
Senior Research Scientist

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