In the grayest and snowiest of times here in Wisconsin, some exciting news hit our inbox yesterday from the National Science Foundation. Our study was awarded a supplemental grant that will extend our current project to include focus groups with students and new hires. Given that the current project is looking at education-workforce pathways and alignment issues between educators and employers, it makes sense to speak with those who are actually moving between these sectors. Also, few studies have utilized the voices of students and new hires when investigating the skills gap, so this addition to our study should prove fruitful for our findings.
We have been in the thick of analysis for about two and half months now – in other words, we have been spending lots of time both in NVivo coding and in meetings discussing emergent themes. We thought the study was exciting before, but now we have some pretty incredible data to back that feeling up. Once it is in better shape, we will share some highlights!
Besides coding, we have begun the groundwork for the first peer-reviewed paper coming out of the study – a summative piece reporting the findings from the project as a whole.
With piles of blankets and lots of hot tea and coffee, we continue to move forward!
More to come.