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STEM Excellence and Leadership Data Manuals

June 30, 2022 | Informal/Formal Connections, Public Programs

The STEM Excellence and Leadership project is an NSF-funded Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) Research in Service to Practice project of the University of Iowa’s Belin-Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development (B-BC). This project addressed the need to provide economically-disadvantaged rural-students with informal STEM learning opportunities that place high-potential students on path for developing STEM expertise and qualifications for advanced STEM careers. The project team used a mixed methods approach, integrating comparative case study and mixed effects longitudinal methods, to study the STEM Excellence program. Data sources include teacher interviews, classroom observations, and student assessments of academic aptitude and psychosocial outcomes. This document provides information about the quantitative and qualitative data collected and analyzed for this project with hopes that it informs future research and evaluation efforts for STEM education in rural contexts.


  • REVISE logo
    Project Staff
    University of Iowa
  • REVISE logo
    Former Co-Principal Investigator
    University of Iowa
  • Elmira Jangjou
    Project Staff
    University of Iowa
  • Stephanie Lynch
    Project Staff
    California Department of Education
  • Susan Assouline
    Former Principal Investigator
    University of Iowa
  • Citation



    Funding Program: Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)
    Award Number: 1713123
    Funding Amount: $1,979,221
    Resource Type: Research and Evaluation Instruments | Coding Schema | Interview Protocol | Observation Protocol | Scale | Self-Assessment | Survey
    Discipline: Education and learning science | General STEM | Social science and psychology
    Audience: Evaluators | Learning Researchers
    Environment Type: K-12 Programs | Afterschool Programs
    Access and Inclusion: Rural

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