The last time we posted an update, we had just been awarded a supplemental grant from the National Science Foundation, we were doing analytical coding, and it was very cold. Not only have we accomplished a lot since then, but was almost 70 degrees outside this week!
For example, we are working on a book deal, with a final draft due in Spring of 2016 (a quick turnaround, right?). While the book will focus on the question of how educational and industry fields align in preparing students for successful lives and careers, it will also concentrate on a few talented instructors with whom we have interacted across the state. The aim? To highlight their curricular, instructional, and advising practices and better understand how they cultivate valued competencies in the classroom. The book will also generally emphasize the importance of partnerships between educators and employers.
Besides the book deal and the supplemental grant, the team completed the herculean process of analytically coding every interview from this study (over 150 people talked to us). Analysis of ALL of the free list data has started, and we have outlined the first paper to come out of the study – actually, parts of it have already been composed!
We are looking forward to sharing more with you as we continue to develop our findings. In the meantime, we will keep on analyzing, writing, and disseminating our results in a variety of ways.
We are making some serious progress!