Bosch receives CADRE fellowship

Christina Anderson Bosch, a doctoral candidate in special education in the College of Education, was awarded one of 10 highly competitive one-year Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education (CADRE) fellowships.  CADRE is a resource network for STEM education researchers supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The CADRE fellows program, which is now in its seventh year, provides networking, mentoring, and education opportunities for researchers and curriculum developers who are in the early stages of their STEM education careers. The new fellows include graduate students, post graduates, and research associates who work on STEM-related projects funded by NSF’s Discovery Research in Education Program. Their projects include the development of a wide range of STEM education resources, materials, and technologies.

Bosch is working with associate professor, Michael Krezmien, Department of Student Development, and director of the College of Education’s Center for Youth Engagement, and Martina Nieswandt, associate professor, Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies, in developing an innovative model for teaching science to young people who are incarcerated, supported by nearly $3 million in funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The researchers work with the Center for Applied Special Technologies in Wakefield, Mass. to apply the principles of Universal Design for Learning to a curriculum for students in youth correctional facilities, a population that has not typically received NSF support.  The project uses technology to create a virtual science world that incarcerated youth can engage in, since traditional laboratory experiences are not open to them.

Bosch’s related research interests include understanding the motivation to learn science and pursue science related careers among students with emotional and behavioral disabilities, using universal design for learning (UDL) and user experience design (UXD) to develop inquiry science curricula and teacher professional development, as well as employing art and technology-mediated learning across the content areas. Her ultimate goal is to advance research and development that improves outcomes for marginalized learners. Previously, Bosch was an academic mentor for at-risk youth in Boston, and a special education teacher in Washington, DC.

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