Instructional Practices, Climate, and Social Networks

Instructional Practices team meetingA 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:

  1. Teaching and learning approaches.
  2. Their perceptions of the teaching environment (i.e., climate) within their departments and the University.
  3. 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.

Team members

  • 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

Published works

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.