Stephanie Nicole Baker

Stephanie Nicole Baker
University of Texas at Austin | UT · Center for STEM Education

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
Stephanie Nicole Baker is currently conducting research and program evaluations as a member of the STEM Center's Evaluation Services team. Working closely with internal and external clients on STEM education projects, she helps prepare grant proposals, design and conduct research studies, create data collection measures, and share actionable insights for program improvement. Stephanie has strong interest in developing valid and reliable, time- and cost-effective research measures and analyzing data gathered from such measures. She recently began exploring ways to apply machine learning methods to text-based survey responses.
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August 2017 - November 2017
University of Texas at Austin
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  • Consultant

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Publications (11)
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The struggle with fraction learning in kindergarten through Grade 12 in the United States is a persistent problem and one of the major stumbling blocks to succeeding in higher mathematics. Research into this problem has identified several areas where students commonly struggle with fractions. While there are many theories of fraction learning, none...
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Engineering notebooks are a pervasive practice across high school, college, and professional contexts. Within this consistency, there are two basic forms: process-based notebooks serve as a complete record of the engineer's work and are used by the authors to support their endeavors, while product-based notebooks represent a record of final form pr...
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A working understanding of fractions is critical to student success in high school and college math. Therefore, an understanding of the learning pathways that lead students to this working understanding is important for educators to provide optimal learning environments for their students. We propose the use of microgenetic analysis techniques incl...
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In recent years, there has been a demand to teach engineering in high schools, particularly using a challenge-based curriculum. Many of these programs have the dual goals of teaching students the engineering design process (EDP), and teaching to deepen their understanding and ability to apply science and math concepts. Using both quantitative and q...
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Although the consensus seems to be that high-school-level introductory engineering courses should focus on design, this creates a problem for teacher training. Traditionally, math and science teachers are trained to teach and assess factual knowledge and closed-ended problemsolving techniques specific to a particular discipline, which is unsuited f...
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GOAL: My dissertation research focused on the impact of a non-traditional developmental mathematics course on community college students' math equanimity, math mindset, math self-efficacy, math belongingness, and college belongingness; as well as students' ability to transfer their knowledge to novel place value problems. I also investigated the ut...
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Student and teacher versions of the Constructivist Learning Environment Survey (CLES) are used to measure whether a class environment is consistent with constructivist practices. While studying STEM classrooms, we found differences between how teachers and students score the CLES. Since different perceptions of class norms may impede student learni...
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Popularization of high school engineering with multiple course options, varying teacher content expertise, and open-ended design-based courses requires maximally adaptive teachers. As researchers helping prepare these teachers, we conceptualize the competencies needed as Adaptive Expertise (AE), a balance between innovation and efficiency. Prior re...
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Engineering notebooks—also called portfolios or journals—are pervasive in college and high-school engineering course. In addition, they are a key component of the BEST robotics competition4 and the “Engineering Criteria 2000” standards created by ABET for accrediting engineering programs recognize portfolios as a possible assessment tool. The engin...

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Research focused on teachers’ and students’ perceptions and uses of engineering notebooks in high school engineering classrooms.
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This research focused on teachers’ and students’ development of adaptive expertise in science, technology, engineering, and math high school courses and a design-based UTeach Engineering course.
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Research focused on developing a series of free, online educational games aimed at fostering pre-algebra concepts and studying user learning and interactions with online environments. As part of this project, we created an online, fraction learning game--Refraction. We conducted small- and large-scale studies in which we used embedded content assessments and fine-grained analyses of student and adult game play to measure fraction understanding.