Collaborative Dynamics in Collective STEM Reform Initiatives
Thursday, October 24, 2019
11:00 am PT | 12:00 pm MT | 1:00 pm CT | 2:00 pm ET
Presenter: Lucas Hill, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Abstract: Reform efforts in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education increasingly rely on collaboration from diverse stakeholders to achieve collective change goals. The basic premise is that initiatives can achieve more collectively than through individual siloed reform efforts. Yet, despite recent efforts to frame and even model productive collaboration (e.g., Collective Impact and networked improvement communities), our understanding of how to build collaborative STEM reform initiatives among diverse partners is still rather nascent (though certainly growing). In this webinar, the author will present the Dimensions of Collaborative Dynamics Framework, which identifies the key elements, related to motivation, group norms and processes, support resources, and leadership, that collaborative STEM reform initiatives need to pay attention to in advancing their collective change goals. The framework is the result of a synthesis of three decades of multidisciplinary research and literature regarding complex multi-institutional and multi-sector collaboration and partnerships.
This webinar is designed for individuals involved in STEM education reform initiatives or even recipients of change efforts; this includes STEM future and current faculty; academic and administrative leaders at 2- and 4-year colleges and universities; and leaders and staff of non-profit organizations, professional societies and disciplinary associations, and funding organizations.