Written by Joshua Rosenberg, assistant professor of STEM education / science
Joshua Rosenberg, assistant professor in STEM education / science, along with a team of investigators and community members, is a part of a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to create an “open science” resource hub for STEM education researchers. The grant proposal was submitted by a team of investigators at the Center for Open Science (COS), as well as a group of faculty, administrators, and data analysts with interests and expertise in open science who are involved as community members, of which Rosenberg is a part.
The hub will offer four pillars of support for open science the education research community: a knowledge base, an easy-to-use discovery interface, grassroots community organizing, and catalyzing opportunities for methodological innovation in education research. The portal will rely on a centralized and efficient discovery process, made possible through COS’s interoperable open source infrastructure, OSF, which uses a public API to aggregate cross-platform outputs. Those navigating the platform can easily access a robust collection of education scholarship across registries, preprint servers, data repositories, and more.
The grant will support grassroots efforts to change the research culture in education research toward greater openness, rigor, and reproducibility, in line with NSF’s support to catalyze and organize the research community to shift training, norms, incentives, and policies toward open scholarship. It will also focus on catalyzing innovation in education research methodologies
In addition to being a community member, Rosenberg and colleague’s work developing open-source statistical software for R was an example of the type of research that will contribute to and be positively impacted by the Hub that was highlighted in the original grant proposal.
“Many innovations in open science, such as in statistical software development, are being led by educational researchers. These innovations have the potential to speak to both the aims and values of those of us in education and to the unique challenges we have,” said Rosenberg. “The STEM Education Hub is being created at just the right time to amplify this work and to spark new developments where it comes to open science in education.”
Further information can be found here.