Frances P. Lawrenz
Associate Vice President for Research
56 East River Rd
Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Science and mathematics program evaluation, assessment instrument development, quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, mixed methods.
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
Lawrenz, F. Science Program Evaluation. In N. Lederman and (Eds.) Review of Research in Science Education Abell, S. K., & Lederman, N. G. (Eds). (2007). Handbook of Research on Science Education. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
Lawrenz, F., Fleming, M. Trajectories of Science Education Program Evaluation in North America, in K. Tobin and WM Roth (Eds.), World Science Education: North America, NY: Sense Publishers, 2009.
Sweet, R. Hananel, D and Lawrenz, F. A New Approach to Validation Reliability and Study Design in Technical Skills. Archives of Surgery, accepted 2009
Toal, S., King, J., Johnson, K., and Lawrenz, F. The unique character of involvement in multi-site evaluation settings. Evaluation and Program Planning, in press 2009
Lawrenz, F. Wood, N., Kirchhoff, A., Kim, N., and Eisenkraft, A. Variables affecting physics achievement. Journal of Research in Science Teaching in press, 2009 Wood, N., Lawrenz, F., and Haroldson, R. A Judicial Look at the Culture of Dealing. Accepted by Journal of Research in Science Teaching, in press 2009
Hanssen, C., Lawrenz, F., and Dunet, D. Concurrent Meta evaluation: A critique, American Journal of Evaluation, 2008, 29 (4):572-82.
Huffman, D., Thomas, K., and Lawrenz, F. A Collaborative Immersion Approach to Evaluation Capacity Building, American Journal of Evaluation, 2008, 29 (3): 358-368.
Lawrenz, F and Sobotka, S. “Empirical Analysis of Current Approaches to Incidental Findings” in Empirical Analysis of Current Approaches to Incidental Findings, Edited volume of Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, Eds Susan Wolf, 2008, 36 (2): 249-255.
Huffman, D., Thomas, K and Lawrenz, F. Science and mathematics instruction in a reform-based teacher preparation program, School Science and Mathematics, 2008, 108(4), p. 137-148.
Dunet, D., Sparling P., Hersey, J., Williams-Piehota, P., Hill, M., Hanssen, C., Lawrenz, F., and Reyes, M., A new Evaluation tool to obtain practice-based evidence of worksite health promotion programs, Preventing Chronic Disease, 2008, 5 (4): 1-13.
Hong, Z., Lin, H., and Lawrenz, F. Promoting single-Parent Children’s Attitudes Toward Science and Science Performance through Extracurricular Science Intervention in Taiwan, International Journal of Science Education, 2008, 30 (4): 469-493.
Lawrenz, F. Science Program Evaluation. Review of Research in Science Education. Abell, S. K., & Lederman, N. G. (Eds). (2007). Handbook of research on science education. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
Appleton, J., Lawrenz, F., Craft, E., Cudmore, W., Hall, J., and Waintraub, J. A model for materials development: Combining applied development processes with theory. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2007, 16:491-99
Lawrenz, F., Gullickson, A. and Toal, S. Dissemination: Handmaiden to evaluation use, American Journal of Evaluation, 2007, 28(3): 275-289.
Lawrenz F. and Toal S. A few tweaks to the toolkit. Measurement: Interdisciplinary Research and Perspectives, 2007, 5(2-3):195-198.
Lawrenz, F. Huffman, D. and Gravely, A. Impact of the collaboratives for excellence in teacher preparation (CETP) program. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2007, 44 (9):1348-1369.
Clarkson, L., Robelia B., Chahine, I., Fleming M., Lawrenz, F., Rulers of Different Colors: Inquiry into Measurement, Teaching Children Mathematics, 2007, 14 (1):34-39.
Graduate-Professional Teaching Award for her contributions to graduate and professional education, 2002