The Mission of the Kaput Center

The Kaput Center for Research and Innovation in STEM Education at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth has been established in the spirit and vision of James Kaput, whose innovative thinking and leadership inspired many in the field of mathematics education. The purpose of this Center is to provide a focus and support for sustained investigation of foundational issues in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education, issues that will be chosen to enhance and deepen ongoing research by its members and associates. The Center is an interdisciplinary research unit where fundamental problems in STEM education will be studied, discussed and analyzed through conferences, interdisciplinary colloquium series, basic research and development, commissioned reports, and think-tank meetings.

There exist three conceptual Focus Areas operating within the Center: (1) Learning Design, (2) Teacher Quality, and (3) Education Policy. The Director appoints a Head to each Focus Area for a renewable term of 2 years. Each Head shall report to the Director on a regular basis to present new funding opportunities or initiatives to pursue within each Focus Area. It is expected that members of the Center and the Advisory Board will be associated to at least one of these divisions. The Director will bring together associates of each Focus Area on an annual basis through summits or symposia to ascertain new trans-disciplinary projects.

These three focus areas are represented by vertical arrows in figure 1 to describe the ongoing R&D and potential intersections with STEM education programs at UMass Dartmouth

We welcome financial donations in support of the mission of the Kaput Center.


Phone: 774 929-3065
Fax: 508 999-9215

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