A core component of this project by Western Michigan University's Center for Research on Instructional Change in Postsecondary Education is to develop a valid and reliable survey instrument for STEM instructors, including part-time instructors and graduate student instructors, to measure:
- Teaching and learning approaches.
- Their perceptions of the teaching environment (i.e., climate) within their departments and the University.
- The networks of colleagues with whom they discuss issues related to teaching and learning.
This project is funded by NSF No. 1256505 as "WIDER: EAGER: Evidence-based Instructional Practices at WMU: An Examination of Instructor Practices, Institutional Climate, and Social Networks.” A $299,536 award was received for the period Sept. 15, 2012, to Aug. 31, 2014.
- Charles Henderson, Western Michigan University
- Andrea Beach, Western Michigan University
- Megan Grunert, Western Michigan University
- Susan Stapleton, Western Michigan University
- Timothy Greene, Western Michigan University
- Emily Walter, Western Michigan University
- Cody Williams, Western Michigan University
Walter, E., Beach, A., Henderson, C., and Williams, C. (2014). Describing Instructional Practice and Climate: Two New Instruments. Paper presented at the Transforming Institutions: 21st Century Undergraduate STEM Education Conference, Oct. 24, 2014, Indianapolis, IN.
- Survey of Climate for Instructional Improvement (SCII)
- Postsecondary Instructional Practices Survey (PIPS)