Faculty Research Funding Initiative (FRFI)
Drexel University School of Education
2019 FRFI Grantees
Strategies for Elite Transformation: Educational aspirations, motivations, and transnational schooling experiences in China
Project led by Jennifer Adams, EdD
This project investigates the northwestern Chinese city Chengdu’s diverse institutional, socio-cultural, family, and student factors that condition parental and student motivations for enrollment in American curriculum centers via survey design, international field work, survey pre-testing and data collection.
Surveying Early Childhood Educators About Nurturing Children’s Spirituality
Project led by Michael Haslip, PhD
Dr. Haslip with colleagues Jen Mata-McMahon and Deb Schein are conducting a multi-year research project to investigate how early childhood educators might be nurturing children’s spirituality in their educational settings with a survey based on a literature review about the best ways to nurture children’s spirituality.
Exploring School, Community, and Family Engagement Efforts with Parents of English Learners in Philadelphia Public Schools
Project led by Vera J. Lee, EdD and Kristine Lewis Grant, PhD
With colleague Barbara Hoekje, Drs. Lee and Grant will explore current school family community partnerships across several Philadelphia public schools by collecting data (focus groups, interviews, field notes) from a sample group of public K-8 schools with a high number of English Language Learners, key school district office staff, school administrators, ESL lead teachers/program directors, and multilingual parents/caregivers.
2018 FRFI Grantees
Preserving History/Persistent Legacy: A Historical Ethnography of an African American Urban High School in Philadelphia
Project led by Ayana Allen-Handy, PhD
This Youth-Led Participatory Action Research (YPAR) project explores and documents the rich history of Hopewell High School which has served as a pillar of the Black community since the early 1950s using qualitative oral histories, archival document analysis such as historical maps, Census data, policy reports, and social media outlets, as well as artifacts such as yearbooks.
Facilitating 21st century knowledge, skills, and motivation to learn through STEAMulating play-based experiences in informal settings
Project led by Aroutis Foster, PhD
This project examined the design and impact of Invent with Environment, a maker course developed and implemented collaboratively with educators at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education to facilitate ~30 middle and high school Latinx students’ identity exploration in environmental science career roles with post-doctoral scholar Mamta Shah.
Diversified Mentoring and Intersectionality in Leadership Development: Breaking through the Double bind faced by Minority Women in STEM
Project led by Rajashi Ghosh, PhD
The phenomenological study explores the role of mentoring and diversified mentoring in the leadership development journeys of minoritized women leaders in higher education STEM disciplines through an examination of their lived experiences, completed with PhD student Ague Manonsong.
Intentional Conceptual Shift Through Cooperative Controversy Activities
Project led by Penny Hammrich, PhD
Dr. Hammrich revisited her work on the nature of science to replicate a study with Teacher Education students determining whether extending the cooperative controversy activity over a period of two months (without extending the on-task time) and integrating intentional reflective activities has an impact on the degree and nature of conceptual shift (with PhD students at that time Jessica Cellitti and Jonan Donaldson).