Impact of Scaffolding Characteristics and Study Quality on Learner Outcomes in STEM Education: A Meta-analysis

Project: Research project

Project Details


This two-year synthesis project, led by researchers at Utah State University, focuses on the use of scaffolding in STEM learning in formal and informal settings. Scaffolding is support that helps students engage in and gain skill at tasks that are beyond their unassisted capabilities. The project uses meta-analysis to determine the influence of scaffold characteristics, study and assessment instrument quality, and assessment type on cognitive outcomes in K-Adult STEM education.

Preparing all students to address fundamental STEM problems is central to preparing effective citizens for the 21st century. Combined with scaffolding, inquiry-based approaches in STEM education can lead to this goal. A current lack of a comprehensive assessment of scaffolding characteristics hinders (a) scaffolding adoption by STEM instructors and administrators and (b) scaffolding design by instructional designers.

Effective start/end date9/15/138/31/18


  • National Science Foundation: $309,809.00


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