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131. Editor's Note: Standard Definition

by Schmidt, Megan

Quality management system (QMS) standards, the focus of this issue, provide a formalized, process-oriented approach to document and review the structure, responsibilities and procedures required to achieve effective quality management in an organization. ASQ/ANSI Z1.11:2011-Requirements for education organizations is an American national standard for educators and school administrators. Similar to other industry-specific standards published in recent years, Z1.11 is based on the widely-adopted ISO 9001 standard, which had 1.1 million certified users worldwide at the end of 2010, the most recent data available.

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  • Publish date: 2013-04
  • Primary - Secondary Education Brief
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132. The Pedagogy of Science Teaching Test

by William W. Cobern

Planning and implementing successful classroom science instruction for concept learning is a demanding task for teachers, requiring several kinds of knowledge: content knowledge, pedagogy knowledge, and knowledge of inquiry. Together this knowledge is the Pedagogical Content Knowledge of Science Instruction. Science teacher education programs routinely include science content courses where knowledge of science is assessed. Much less attention has been given to the assessment of knowledge pertaining to the pedagogies of science content instruction as typically taught in science teaching methods courses. Our assessment items are for this purpose. Each item begins with a classroom teaching vignette followed by a question asking either for an evaluation of what was done in the vignette or preference for what should be done. Although the items were designed with formative assessment in mind, sets of items can also be compiled for summative or research purposes, with versions for different science su

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  • STEM Conference Proceedings
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133. Improvement in Teaching Quality Concepts to Engineers: Measurement, Data Analysis, Experiments and Modeling

by Chris Plouff, Paul Stephenson and Shabbir Choudhuri ;

This paper is authored by Chris Plouff, Paul Stephenson and Shabbir Choudhuri of Grand Valley State University and is included in the 2013 ASQ Advancing the STEM Agenda Conference proceedings.

A pair of courses has been developed to teach engineering students about measurement, data analysis, and statistical modeling concepts used in quality control and quality systems in technical environments. Engineering students take two complementary courses, typically during the first year of the engineering curriculum: Statistical Modeling for Engineers (STA 220) and Engineering Measurement and Data Analysis (EGR 220). The new course pair is designed to provide an introduction to probability and statistical concepts. STA 220 introduces students to statistical tools that can be used to aid in the design of engineering experiments and in the analysis of data generated from these studies. The EGR 220 course provides hands-on, lab experiences which reinforce the material discussed in STA 220,

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  • STEM Conference Proceedings
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134. An Aviation-Themed STEPS Camp for Engaging 7th Grade Girls

by Sara L. Mass, Charles R. Standridge and Paul D. Plotkowski;

This conference paper is authored by Sara L. Maas, Charles R. Standridge and Paul D. Plotkowski of the Seymour and Esther Padnos College of Engineering and Computing at Grand Valley State University. It is part of the 2013 ASQ Advancing the STEM Agenda Conference.

The STEPS Camp for Girls at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) is a four day introduction to science, technology, and engineering. The main objective of the camp is to increase the number of females, particularly those who are members of additional under-represented groups, entering the engineering profession through building self-esteem, confidence, and self-efficacy; increasing content knowledge and interest in engineering, science, and technology; and nurturing teamwork in each camper.

A 10-year tracking study on the impact of the camp showed that 47% of camp participants claim an interest in a science related career versus 18% of a comparable peer group. Most of the participants responded that STEPS s

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135. Teaching Lean Six Sigma with Service Learning

by Janet Braun

This paper by Janet Braun of Western Washington University, is part of the 2013 ASQ Advancing the STEM Agenda Conference proceedings.

In learning and applying the Lean Six Sigma methodology and tools, the challenges of clearly defining a problem and then systematically driving down to find the root causes are better experienced than talked about in the classroom.

To improve student learning of this subject, the author incorporated a problem-based service-learning project in the course. Student teams were paired with community non-profit organizations that have no significant knowledge of Lean Six Sigma methodology and little or no resources to spend on process improvement. Each team worked on a unique problem from definition through the recommendation of improvements.

A preliminary assessment was conducted using student surveys. 80% of students agreed that this project helped them see how to apply the Lean Six Sigma tools and methodology and 69% agreed

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  • STEM Conference Proceedings
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136. Next Generation Science: Bridge to the Future

by Karen Meyers

This conference paper is authored by Karen Meyers, Director, Regional Math and Science Center, Grand Valley State University. It is included in the 2013 Advancing the STEM Agenda Conference proceedings.

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for Today’s Students and Tomorrow’s Workforce, developed over the past year through a collaborative, state-led process, were recently released. This paper will give a brief overview of the history and structure of the new standards. Attention is given to how the NGSS differ from previous standards and the implications of these differences for classroom instruction.

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  • STEM Conference Proceedings
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137. Filling the Gaps: Building and Sustaining a Scientific Workforce

by Darcie Wallace-Duckworth

Filling gaps in scientific, technology, engineering and mathematical fields (STEM) with experienced employees have become increasingly difficult. The reduced population of skilled and experienced employees is one of the greatest risks faced by employers (Weber, 2011). Unemployment rates are lower for STEM jobs as compared to non-STEM jobs and at the same time, there is a decrease in STEM graduates (US Congress JEC, 2012). As technology diffuses across industries, demand for STEM capable workers will continue to grow. Filling these gaps becomes increasingly critical as employment in STEM-related fields is projected to grow 17% over the next decade. In the midst of this challenge, Aegis Sciences Corporation, ASC, has seen rapid growth in market share and testing volume over the past two years. In order to fill 236 new STEM positions, ASC has responded to this challenge through five key elements: 1. Development of partnerships 2. Establishment of a global reach 3. Development of training pro

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  • STEM Conference Proceedings
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138. Integration of STEM Community College Curricula and Industry Partnerships through National Certifications

by Susan Ely;

As need for a highly skilled STEM workforce increases, the linkage between secondary and post-secondary STEM curricula and their potential employers becomes increasingly important. The following paper details the implementation of the Advancing Manufacturing Initiative in collaboration with regional manufacturing partners, regional workforce development and Ivy Tech Community College. This initiative includes the increase of awareness of the need for skilled labor in manufacturing disciplines, the training and evaluation of local workforce and the creation of a bridge between regional workforce needs and the use of a standard measurement of skills through the implementation of the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) Certified Production Technician (CPT) exam.

After regional workforce needs were determined, a multiphase approach began integrating standardized testing at three different levels of education including high schools, dislocated workers and college students. Im

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139. A Partial Literature Review on the Research on Science Career Motivation

by Victoria J. Fawcett-Adams

This literature review is part of an ongoing doctoral dissertation. A brief outline will appear in the next issue of QED with a hyperlink to the library.

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  • QED News
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140. 2013 ASQ STEM Agenda Conference Breakout Sessions LIsting of Papers

by Cindy Veenstra

2013 ASQ Advancing the STEM Agenda Conference Break-out Sessions Listing of Papers

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  • STEM Agenda Conference
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141. MOOCs: Massive Opportunity or Mucky Mess?

by Schmidt, Megan

Distance learning and online classrooms are nothing new, but massive open online courses (MOOCs—which, by the way, is pronounced “mook”) have taken higher education by storm. What distinguishes MOOCs from their ancestors is that anyone can enroll, they’re free, all you need is an internet connection and they can accommodate hundreds of thousands of students at a time. In this issue of ASQ Higher Education Brief, we take a look at both sides of the MOOC debate.

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  • Publish date: 2013-03
  • ASQ Higher Education Brief
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142. Beware of MOOCs

by Schmidt, Megan

Gerry Canavan, an assistant professor in the English department at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, shared his concerns about this new wave of e-learning with Higher Education Brief in this exclusive Q&A article. He said MOOCs are an ineffective medium for learning and that they de-skill and de-professionalize academia.

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  • ASQ Higher Education Brief
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143. A MOOC with a Mission

by Schmidt, Megan

MOOCs have been recognized as a potential low-cost and effective way to prepare the large number of students that need remedial coursework before they can take college-level math and science. In this exclusive Q&A article, Robert Hoar, a math professor at the University of Wisconsin—La Crosse, discusses the role of MOOCs in academia and shares details about the successful math MOOC offered by the university.

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  • ASQ Higher Education Brief
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144. Journal for Quality and Participation (JQP) to Explore 22nd Century Learning

by Di Pierro, Marianne

If you subscribe to ASQ's Journal for Quality and Participation, don’t miss Higher Education Brief associate editor Marianne Di Pierro’s article in the April 2013 issue that details how educators are employing innovative technology and are creating holistic learning environments that reflect the social and academic integration necessary for student success.

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145. Aerospace-themed Camp Engages Girls in STEM

by Sara L. Maas, Charles R. Standridge, Paul D. Plotkowski

The Science, Technology and Engineering Preview Summer (STEPS) Enrichment Program at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) near Grand Rapids, MI, exposes seventh-grade girls to STEM concepts and careers through week-long day camps.

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  • Publish date: 2013-02
  • ASQ Higher Education Brief
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146. Where Are They Now?

by Hankel, Amanda

One year after Keller Independent School District in Keller TX, shared news that it received a commitment level award in the Texas Award for Excellence process, Primary and Secondary Education Brief followed up with the district to find out where it is in its continuing journey to performance excellence.

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  • ASQ Primary and Secondary Education Brief
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147. From the Editor: Show and Tell

by Schmidt, Megan

Keller Independent School District (KISD), a K-12 public school district based in Keller, TX, is the focus of the February issue of the ASQ Primary and Secondary Education Brief. In this issue, you will find a series of articles published between 2010 and 2012 in the Journal of Quality and Participation (JQP) that detail KISD’s progress deploying the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence and the intensive feat of completing and submitting its application to Texas Award for Performance Excellence.

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  • ASQ Primary and Secondary Education Brief
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148. Engineering Education Degree Gives Students Best of Both Worlds

by Reid, Kenneth

Ohio Northern University (ONU) in Ada, OH, introduced a new bachelor’s of science program in engineering education in 2011. This paper provides insight as to why students find multidisciplinary degrees, such as the engineering education degree at ONU, attractive. It also discusses the reasons and influences behind students’ selection of an engineering education degree.

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  • ASQ Higher Education Brief
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149. Collaborate for STEM Success

by Cindy P. Veenstra

In this guest editorial, ASQ's Advancing the STEM Agenda Conference co-chair Cindy P. Veenstra urges that stronger collaboration is needed to attract more students to STEM. Veenstra also shares what's in store for the 2013 conference, which will take place June 3-4 near Grand Rapids, MI.

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  • ASQ Higher Education Brief
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150. From the Editor: Filling the STEM Gap

by Schmidt, Megan

STEM impacts everyone and filling the gap requires a collaborative effort from educators, parents, government, communities and industry.

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  • ASQ Higher Education Brief
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151. Dream Your Future

This handout from the ASQ Education Division features a curated list of inspirational STEM resources for middle school and high school girls.

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  • Publish date: 2013-02
  • ASQ Higher Education Brief
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152. Quality Approaches in Higher Education, Vol. 3 No. 2

by Fernando F. Padró

Quality Approaches in Higher Education Vol. 3 No. 2 (December 2012)
Editor Fernando F. Padró
Articles include:
Editorial: Giving the Body of Knowledge a Voice by Fernando F. Padró
Lyman Briggs College: an Innovative Living-Learning Community for STEM Education by Ryan D. Sweeder, Kathleen A. Jeffery, and Aaron M. McCright
Critical Event Narrative Inquiry in Higher Education Quality by Patricie Mertova and Len Webster

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  • Quality Approaches in Higher Education; Vol. 3; Issue 2

153. Critical Event Narrative Inquiry in Higher Education Quality

by Webster, Len; Mertova, Patricia;

Quality Approaches in Higher Education Vol. 3 (2) Dec 2012 article by Patricie Mertova and Len Webster. The paper is another one of a series of works describing a research study concerning the academic voice in higher education quality in England and the Czech Republic (Mertova & Webster, 2009). To investigate the academic voice in higher education quality, a critical event narrative inquiry method was employed, and that is the focus of this paper. A significant feature of the method was eliciting critical events related to higher education quality in professional practice of academics and higher education leaders. The research uncovered a number of similar issues and concerns in higher education quality voiced by academics and higher education leaders in both countries. Some culture-specific issues related predominantly to Czech higher education quality were also uncovered.

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154. From the Editor: Keeping Students in School

by Amanda Hankel

In this issue of Higher Education Brief, we look at the issue of student retention. How do student retention efforts relate to quality efforts at an institution? Research has long supported the value of a college degree in the United States. Studies have shown that for most individuals, having a college education not only has economic and employment benefits, but also correlates to better health and increased civic engagement.

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  • Publish date: 2012-12
  • ASQ Higher Education Brief

155. A Report on the U.S. News STEM Solutions: A Leadership Summit

by Chavez,Belinda

Summary of the highlights of the US News STEM Solutions Conference held in Texas in July, 2012, article from QEDNews, Fall 2012 issue.

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  • Publish date: 2012-11
  • QED News

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