Strobel receives $300,000 grant from National Science Foundation for discipline-based education research


Johannes Strobel, Ph.D., professor at the MU School of Information Science & Learning Technologies (SISLT), was awarded a grant of $299,992 by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The award is in support of a project that will address urgent needs essential to understanding common patterns of research practice in discipline-based education research (DBER) communities. It is supported by the NSF’s Early-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) funding mechanism, which can be used to promote and support potentially transformative research.

“More and more engineering and chemistry faculty conduct education research to understand processes, systems and improve the educational experience of their students,” said Strobel. “This project will provide critical insights to discipline-based education research communities on what they are doing correctly and what they can do to improve.”

According to Strobel, DBER has received widespread attention and praise. However, there is a need to build awareness and improve research practice across disciplines; increase collaboration on common issues; allow for broader discussion of educational research traditions and processes; and produce empirical results and knowledge that can be shared across different disciplines and research communities.

Entitled “EAGER: Research Design and Rigor in NSF funded Education Research Projects: A Time Series Analysis of the Engineering Education and Chemical Education Research Communities,” the collaborative research efforts will be under the direction of both Strobel and George Bodner, Ph.D., professor of chemistry education at Purdue University.

The project will be conducted from September 2016 through August 2018.