One of the core activities of CEW is to advance a research and development program that advances the field’s knowledge about career and academic planning, workforce development, and STEM learning and teacher professional development.
Through the operation of Career Information Systems operated by CEW (CareerLocker in the US; eCareers in Singapore) an extensive database of career seeking behaviors have been collected. At the present time CEW is actively developing a new research and evaluation initiative to utilize these data as a research platform for studying important questions relevant to career and academic counseling. Analysts will utilize cutting-edge research techniques including data mining and mixed methods approaches to produce empirical evidence on these critical topics.
STEM education (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) prepares people for some of the fastest growing, and most financially rewarding career opportunities. Research by Nathan with the National Academy of Engineering, US Department of Education, and the National Science Foundation help promote better classroom learning experiences, curriculum development, and teacher knowledge and professional development in service of STEM education and inform STEM education policy.
Nathan is member of the planning committee for Sharing the Adventure with the Student: Exploring the Intersections of NASA Space Science and Education: A Workshop (Dec. 2-3, 2014). National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Space Studies Board and National Research Council (NRC) Board on Science Education. Several hundred teachers and educational leaders from the DC metro area and across the US will meet with space scientists to learn about the vast opportunities NASA offers K-12 STEM education.