VCTAL Project Member Selected CADRE Fellow
2011] VCTAL project evaluator Andrea Weinberg (pictured) was one of
10 early-career researchers selected to be a 2011-2012 CADRE
(Community Advancing Discovery Research in Education) Fellow.
Weinberg is completing her Ph.D. in the School of Education at
Colorado State University where she contributes to projects on all
phases of the development and implementation of evaluation and
research studies to examine the effectiveness of STEM programs and
The DIMACS VCTAL project is developing instructional modules and mini-modules for use in high school classrooms to help cultivate a facility with computational thinking in students across different grade levels and subject areas.
The CADRE Fellowship program provides a professional
development for early career researchers who are currently working
on a NSF Discovery Research (DR) K-12 project like VCTAL. Fellows
gain exposure to research and development related to STEM education,
gain insights into NSF and what it takes to be successful and
effective in this work, and network with DR K-12 PIs and Fellows
from across the country. As a CADRE Fellow, Weinberg will continue
to examine the effectiveness of VCTAL and other STEM initiatives.
Evaluation of short-term educational interventions like modules is
challenging, particularly when the interventions occur across
multiple sites, as in VCTAL. Weinberg will continue to explore
evaluation designs, approaches, and alternative student outcomes for
use in evaluation studies of such interventions.