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Lawrenz

Frances Lawrenz

Associate Vice President for Research
Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Educational Psychology
174 EdSciB
56 East River Rd

Tel: 612/625-2046

Science and mathematics program evaluation, assessment instrument development, quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, mixed methods.

Research Interests

My major research focus is science and mathematics program evaluation. My evaluations utilize a variety of techniques to best fit the needs of a given situation and usually involve mixing methods in a variety of ways. I presently am involved in the evaluation of several national science and mathematics programs. I am interested in instrument development and in distinguishing among various types of assessments those that are most appropriate for a given situation.

Courses I teach
(all EPSY courses)

EPSY 5243—Principles and Methods of Evaluation
EPSY 5247—Qualitative Methods in Educational Psychology
EPSY 8247—Advanced Interviewing and NVIVO

Awards

  • American Educational Research Association, Research on Evaluation SIG Distinguished Scholar Award, for outstanding contributions to advance research in the field of evaluation, 2016
  • National Association for Research in Science Teaching Distinguished Contributions to Science Education through Research Award, outstanding contributions to science education, 2014
  • American Evaluation Association National Practice Myrdahl Award, for consistent, outstanding contributions to evaluation practice, 2006
  • All University award for outstanding contributions to graduate education, 2003
  • Appointment to U of MN Academy of Distinguished teachers, 2003
  • Robert Beck outstanding teacher award, College level award, 2003
  • Wallace Professor of Teaching and Learning (endowed chair), 2000
  • Gordon Mork Award for outstanding UMN Alumni in Education, 1990 

Selected Publications

  1. Journal articles

  2. Betzner, A., Lawrenz, F. and Thao, M. Examining mixing methods in an evaluation of a smoking cessation program.  Evaluation and Program Planning, 54:94-101, Feb 2016

  3. Thao, M., Lawrenz, F. Brakke, M. Sherman, J. and Matute, M.  Insights into implementing research collaborations between research-intensive universities and minority serving institutions. Natural Sciences Education, 2015

  4. Bowe, A. Desjardins, C. Covington-Clarkson, L. and Lawrenz, F.  Urban elementary single-sex math classrooms: Mitigating stereotype threat for African American girls, Urban Education, 1-30, 2015  DOI: 10.1177/004208591557452

  5. Roseland, D., Lawrenz, F. and Thao, M. The relationship between involvement in and use of evaluation in multi-site evaluations.  Evaluation and Program Planning, 48:75-82, Feb 2015.

  6. Evaluations

  7. Evaluation Report UW River Falls STEP Grant: the GREAT Falcon Project, Report available from GREAT Falcon Project, U WI River Falls, July 2016 

  8. Data report of the TCAP PI data on plant breeding education across years (2011-15), Evaluation of the Triticeae Coordinated Agricultural Project (TCAP) with Mao Thao, Report available from TCAP project, November, 2015

  9. Data report of the TCAP PI data on plant breeding education across years (2011-15), Evaluation of the Triticeae Coordinated Agricultural Project (TCAP) with Mao Thao, Report available from TCAP project, November, 2015

  10. Book chapters

  11. Lawrenz F. and Thao, M. Science Education Evaluation, Chapter 37 in Handbook of Science Education Research, N Ledderman editor, Routledge,  2014

  12. Lawrenz, F. and Desjardins, C.  Trends in US Government Funded Multisite K-12 Science Program Evaluation, in B. Fraser, K Tobin and C. McRobbie (Eds.), Second International Handbook of Science Education, Springer , 2011.

  13. Lawrenz F. and Thao, M.  Curriculum Evaluation. In Gunstone R (ed.) Encyclopedia of Science Education, Springer Dordrecht, Heidelberg, New York, London, (2014).