GIFT is a three-year funded project through the National Science Foundation’s Innovations in Graduate Education (NSF IGE) program. The research team, led by Wenner, is a collaborative effort between Boise State’s College of Education, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering, and the Institute for STEM and Diversity Initiatives.
In the GIFT educational model, graduate students in STEM disciplines serve as content experts, teaching preservice elementary teacher candidates STEM content on an adult level. The teacher candidates transform this content into 15-minute mini-lessons that are aligned with science and engineering standards for elementary students at local Title I elementary schools. GIFT uses teaching – defined in the broadest sense as the application of disciplinary knowledge and clear communication of that knowledge to others – to promote professional identity formation among STEM graduate students. Funding will allow the GIFT team to scale up the original collaborative project (see our article or our poster for more information) to collaborate with graduate students in physics, geosciences, biosciences, and mechanical/biomedical engineering.
For more detail on the project, please see the NSF award summary.
You can also visit Boise State’s press release about GIFT in the Update.