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In partnership with UCF CREATE, this is part of the PAF 7325 Program Evaluation course-based service-learning projects led by Dr. Su-I Hou and doctoral students in public affairs (PAF-PhD) program at the College of Community Innovation and Education.

This project started in fall 2019 to develop a sound yet feasible program evaluation proposal in collaboration with community partners as the project final product. The project aimed to assess the impact of an innovative university-community partnership on STEAM education program.

In this project, UCF CREATE partnered with Lake Eola Charter School aiming to infuse art and science to help students learning Pompeii City as an extended classroom project. Due to the very positive partnership and relationship built, as well as mutual strong desires to continue with implementing the evaluation plan and developing evaluation report to showcase impact, Dr. Hou led the student group and continued the project collaboration as part of her PAF 7868 Mixed Methods Research (MMR) course service-learning projects in spring 2020. A convergent MMR study was conducted with preliminary data showing significant increased scores in language arts knowledge as well as concurrently positive qualitative reflections of the curriculum. Study showed resource rich university-community partnerships where STEAM instruction is delivered can potentially yield some of the direct and indirect benefits of “Arts + Science” education for school aged children.

 

Principal Investigator

Su-I Hou, Dr.P.H.
Professor & Founding Director, School of Global Health Management and Informatics
[email protected]