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Sponsored Research Projects

Whether exploring digital game based learning, building activities to enhance teaching practice or developing creativity in engineering using mobile application technology, at the School of Education, Drexel's faculty, staff and research students are collaborating together and exploring knowledge, resources, and tools of the 21st century on these sponsored research (grant) projects.

The Untapped Potential of University-Community Cooperative Living 

Ayana Allen-Handy, PhD
Rachel Wenrick, PhD 

A Community-led study investigates the landscape of residential displacement and affordable housing options in the West Philadelphia Promise Zone.

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Solving Issues Through the Arts 

Ayana Allen Handy, Phd
Rachel Wenrick

This project examines the potential impact of public arts programming to strengthen civic engagement, civic infrastructure, and to promote community-driven civic innovation in West Philadelphia.

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Improving Educational Outcomes for Children

Penny Hammrich, PhD 
At Drexel, we are committed to ensuring children in our community receive the highest quality education. Through a sponsored research grant, Drexel students were able to enhance instruction through positive learning environments.

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Identifying Barriers to Technology in Building Trades

Aroutis Foster, PhD

Researchers are working to identify the barriers associated with technology adoption and the resistance within the construction building trades.

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Catalyzing STEM Gender Equity

Kristy Kelly, PhD
Leslie McClure, PhD
Maria Schultheis, PhD
Sharon Walker, PhD
This project is centered on Drexel’s commitment to ensuring diversity and equity across the career lifespan of STEM faculty.

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Combatting Corruption with Creativity in Vietnam

Kristy Kelly, PhD
This study looks at women's diverse experiences with corruption and how creativity and innovation shape policy responses.

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A Culturally Relevant Data Analytics Intervention for High School Students

‚ÄčAmanda Barany, PhD

The project aims to better understand what it takes to successfully design and deploy a high school curriculum that revolves around essential areas of computing.

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Integrating the Arts in School Curriculum 

Jen Katz-Buonincontro, PhD 

The CReST project will develop the first-ever culturally responsive and sustaining online art integration course for teachers.

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Developing and Evaluating Assessments of Problem Solving

Toni Sondergeld, PhD 

Drexel researchers are creating new assessments to help math teachers better evaluate student performance. 

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DragonsTeach Recruits Engineering Students to Consider Careers in Teaching

Jason Silverman, PhD
Adam Fontecchio, PhD
Jennifer Stanford, PhD 

Drexel is providing scholarships to engineering students who commit to careers in teaching upon graduation.

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Drexel at the "Middle" of Meeting the Needs of Philadelphia Schools

Penny Hammrich, PhD
Mary Jo Grdina, PhD 

Drexel is meeting the need for more high-quality middle school teachers through the innovative DragonsTeach Middle Years program.

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Educating the Early Childhood Education Workforce

Michael Haslip, Phd

This project provides scholarships covering 100% of tuition and textbook costs for 10 undergraduate early childhood education workforce students to attend Drexel’s PK – 4 certification program.

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Engineering Identity Development for Minoritized Students

Rajashi Ghosh, PhD

This project explores the relationship between minoritized students’ developmental networks and their engineering identity and disposition development.

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Bringing a Global Perspective to Education

Joyce Pittman, PhD 

Drexel is developing programs to get teachers to think globally while teaching locally.

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Creating New Pathways in STEM 

Paul Jensen, PhD, Provost
Aroutis Foster, PhD
Stephen Cox 

Drexel leads a new project to help more minority students receive degrees in STEM subjects.

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Mathematizing, Visualizing, and Power (MVP)

Christopher Wright, PhD

This project focuses on helping East Tennessee young people develop and share quantitative data artistry with their communities.

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Preparing Mathematics and Science Teachers for Middle School

Sheila Vaidya, PhD
Mary Jo Grdina, PhD 

Drexel is providing scholarships to students in STEM majors who want to teach middle level science or math upon graduation.

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Creating Teacher Pipelines in Philadelphia

Sarah Ulrich, EdD
Valerie Kleine, PhD

This grant supports the development of new certified teachers committed to teaching in the School District of Philadelphia.

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Addressing a Housing Shortage

Ayana Allen-Handy, PhD
Rachel Wenrick
Christopher Wright, PhD

The purpose of this project is to develop, implement, and evaluate a model for intergenerational co-housing as an anti-displacement and aging-in-place strategy.

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Improving the Teaching of Middle-Level Mathematics

Toni May, PhD
Kristin Koskey, PhD

A multi-disciplinary team are working to develop and validate two quantitative measures of Curricular Reasoning to support the teaching of middle-level math.

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Stay Safe Kids

Amanda Lannie, PhD, BCBA-D
Janet Sloand, EdD 

Drexel is developing curriculum to keep schools safe for all students.

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STEM Teacher Education and School Strengthening Activity

Michael Kozak, EdD

Drexel helps to expand STEM education in Egypt by developing new curriculum and academic programs at new STEM schools.

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Supporting PreK Literacy Learning through Kid Writing

Vera Lee, EdD
Diane Waff, EdD
Claudia Gentile, PhD
Katie Mathew, PhD Student

This project looks to increase kindergarten readiness using the Kid Writing (KW) approach.

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Creating Culturally Sustaining STEM+C Learning Environments

Christopher Wright, PhD
Ayana Allen-Handy, PhD 

Drexel researchers will create a model learning environment for middle schoolers that integrates interdisciplinary STEM learning and hip-hop.

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Understanding Inequalities in STEMM

Ayana Allen-Handy, PhD
Jacqueline Genovesi, PhD
Loni Tabb, PhD

This research probes the experiences of Black women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine (STEMM) careers.

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