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Findings: External Evaluators, I-STEM

The ICLCS, using quasi-experimental, non-equivalent comparison group and multiple baseline research designs, has shown statistically significant improvement over time and in comparison to a matched sample of students in non-ICLCS schools in chemistry content knowledge as measured by the standardized high school examination of the American Chemical Society (ACS). This difference was achieved after the first year of implementation and has been replicated each year and across each of three cohorts of teachers and students. The same significant increases across time and cohorts and in comparison to a control group was seen for teacher chemistry content knowledge, also as measured by the ACS teacher examination. After three years of participation in ICLCS, more than 66% of chemistry teachers were scoring at the highest level of proficiency on the ACS test up from 18.4% at baseline. These changes in teacher chemistry content knowledge were associated with a 100% increase in the number of upper level (AP and Chem II) chemistry courses offered in partner schools. Our findings also show that there was an increase in student enthusiasm for chemistry as measured by teacher reports.

The evaluation of the ICLCS revealed a dramatic increase in leadership, professional networking and peer support among rural science teachers through the creation of the professional learning community. ICLCS teachers reported high levels of confidence in using research quality, freely accessible computational tools and vetted teaching resources in their classrooms. Finally, we have evidence that ICLCS has produced institutional change in both partner districts and the University of Illinois as indicated by increases in the number of advanced and AP chemistry courses offered in rural schools and greater investment in technological infrastructure at both school and district level, and ICLCS modules now being used in undergraduate chemistry courses.

ICLCS Publications and Presentations

Sendlinger, S.C., DeCoste, D.J., Dunning, T.H., Dummitt, D.A., Jakobsson, E., Mattson, D.R., Wiziecki, E.N., (2008). "Transforming Chemistry Education through Computational Science," Computing in Science & Engineering, 10(5), 34-39.

Murray, K.S., Henry, M.A., Hogrrebe, M. C. (2009). “The impact of early positive results on a mathematics and science partnership: The experience of the Institute for Chemistry Literacy through Computational Science,” The Journal of Mathematics and Science, 11, 95-108.

Destefano, L. & Mustari, E. (2010). “Report from the External Evaluators.” ICLCS 2010 Annual Report to the National Science Foundation, June, 2010.

Destefano, L. & Mustari, E. (2010). “Report from the External Evaluators.” ICLCS 2010 Annual Report to the National Science Foundation, August, 2010.

Destefano, L., Dummitt, D. & Wiziecki, E.N. (2010). "Assessing Institutional Transformation and Sustainability:Lessons Learned from the ICLCS Project," Paper presented at the 2010 Math and Science Partnership Learning Network Conference, Washington D.C.

Destefano, L. & Mustari, E. (2011). “Report from the External Evaluators.” ICLCS 2011 Annual Report to the National Science Foundation, June, 2011.

Destefano, L. & Mustari, E. (2011). “Report from the External Evaluators.” ICLCS 2011 Annual Report to the National Science Foundation, October, 2011.

Mustari, E., Destefano, L. & Wiziecki, E.N. (2011). "Student Achievement and the Participation of Rural High School Chemistry Teachers in a Multi-Year Professional Development Program with Special Emphasis on the Use of Computational Tools," Paper presented at the 2011 Math and Science Partnership Learning Network Conference, Washington D.C.

Zeng, Y., Wiziecki, E.N., & Mattson, D. (2011). "A first attempt at examining the relationship between student success and teachers' participation in a virtual learning environment," Paper presented at the 2011 Math and Science Partnership Learning Network Conference, Washington D.C.

Zeng, Y., Wiziecki, E.N., & Mattson, D. (2011). "Facilitating teaching practice changes through science teachers' vicarious experiences in an online learning community," Paper presented at the 17th Annual Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning, Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Destefano, L. & Mustari, E. (2012). “Report from the External Evaluators.” ICLCS 2012 Annual Report to the National Science Foundation, June, 2012.

Mattson, D., Mashl, R.J., & Wiziecki, E.N. (2012), “Enhancing chemistry teaching and learning through cyberinfrastructure,” Paper presented at XSEDE ’12, Chicago, Illinois.

Mashl, R. Jay, Acs, Bernie, Wiziecki, Edee Norman, Schmidt, J. R., & Polik, William F. (2013). "Enhancing Chemistry Teaching and Learning through Computational Tools: A Computational Chemistry Cloud Prototype Using WebMO," The 7th International Multi-Conference on Society, Cybernetics and Informatics: IMSCI 2013.

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