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Center for Advancing STEM Teaching, Learning and Evaluation (CASTLE)

About PEER

Discipline-based education research (DBER) holds the promise of satisfying expectations of both scholarship, which is increasing at teaching-centric institutions, and teaching effectiveness, a concern at all institutions. Additionally, junior education researchers seek more diverse training in research methods and theories. Emerging education researchers need support as they develop their research programs and expand their theoretical and methodological expertise, and they benefit from the guidance of knowledgeable peers and near-peers.

Those interested in hosting a PEER workshop can choose from one of the many topics offered.
Available workshop topics here

PEER 2019: July 5-13

Rochester Institute of Technology
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PEER-Rochester available projects include looking at the following questions:

  • How do students collaborate within and among lab groups, and how does the nature of that collaboration change over the course of the summer experience? Network analysis is used to track collaboration within and among lab groups of 3-4 students.
  • How do gender and ethnicity affect conversational equity in lab groups? Work is done in developing both quantitative and qualitative measures of equity, and comparing the measures among multiple groups.
  • When former IMPRESS students return as student leaders, how do their experiences in the program shape their interactions with students later on? The focus is on how student leader interactions with IMPRESS students change (or remain the same) as they move from participants to instructors.
  • How does participation in the program affect student views of the nature of science and the role of experimentation? When students conduct experiments, researchers learn about ideas around what makes an experiment "good,” and how table-top experiments are related to scientific practices.


World Locations

Rochester, NY, United States: Rochester Institute of Technology.

Cologne, Germany: Cologne: Conducting Research in Active and Inclusive Pedagogies. PEER-Cologne is run by the "Future Strategy of Teacher Education" (ZuS). ZuS conducts international research camps with us to facilitate local education researchers and strengthen the PEER-network. Together we coordinate common research projects. More information on: ZuS-PEER CGN"

Kibungo, Rwanda: Big data analytics and Internet of things (loT) in Education
As part of a conference around Big Data and Education— PEER leaders are working with faculty at UNIK to push their draft research papers to publication. We are forging collaborations with UNIK that will hopefully lead to more scholarship in the future.

Monterrey, Mexico: Working groups for action research

Vancouver, British Columbia:  UBC: April 29 - May 3, 2019; Contact: Warren Code, PhD, Associate Director, Science Centre for Learning and Teaching (Skylight), University of British Columbia,



What Participants Say About PEER

Comments From Cologne, Germany:

“Thank you for this great experience. The camp organizers are inspiring professionals who encourage us to be the best versions of ourselves.”

“Hope to see you soon.”

“In fact, you can profit on all levels, because everybody needs time and space for re-reflection, that is the most valuable thing to do. It is an advantage, that the peers form a heterogenous group, including students and faculty members, so everybody learns more from one another.”

“Great job, keep going :)"