FRIDAY, OCT 16, 2009

Social Explorer Receives National Science Foundation Grant for Collaborative Demographic Teaching Tools Project


Social Explorer and the University of Illinois at Chicago have been awarded a $500,000 collaborative grant from the National Science Foundation for a project to try and improve undergraduates' science skills using Social Explorer. "We're trying to train better social scientists -- sociologists, historians, demographers, urban planners and criminologists," said Josh Randinsky, assistant professor of the learning sciences in the UIC College of Education. This project is called "Creating and Disseminating Tools to Teach with Demographic Data Maps and Materials."  The grant will enable a research team to review and revise Social Explorer, develop new online curriculum modules for easier accessibility, train undergraduate faculty to teach new research techniques using the mapping technology, and integrate the tool into undergraduate social science classrooms.  Due to this and other funding we are able to keep Social Explorer subscription prices for institutions relatively low. Social Explorer is already in use in classrooms around the country and in conjunction with several social science textbooks published by Pearson Publishing.  To view Social Explorer's example teaching modules, please visit the help page. We are interested in contacting those who use or would be willing to use Social Explorer in teaching to work with us on this project. Send a note to instructors@socialexplorer.com if you are interested.
by Sydney Beveridge
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