School of Education
Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (EdD)
Antionette D. Stroter
active learning, problem-based learning, project-based learning, constructivism, scaffolding, facilitation
Mitchell, Mark S., "Recommendations to Improve Active Learning Implementation at the National Security Space Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado" (2023). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 4908.
The purpose of this research study was to provide recommendations to university leaders to improve active learning implementation at the National Security Space Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The problem is that 80% of the faculty at the National Security Space Institute faced a forced transition into active learning with no pre-evaluation, coordination, or effective training with the faculty. (NSSI, n.d.). A study conducted to identify and provide recommendations will help improve active learning implementation at the National Security Space Institute. This is an applied research study using both quantitative and qualitative approaches. This research study addresses the central question of “How can this research study improve active learning implementation at the National Security Space Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado?” There were three forms of data collection: interviews, a focus group, and a survey. The first approach to data collection was qualitative semi-structured interviews with faculty department heads. A focus group with civilian administrators and active-duty leadership was the second data collection approach. The third data collection approach, which was quantitative, involved a survey administered to the faculty. The qualitative data were analyzed using coding, pattern, and theme categorization. The quantitative data was analyzed using Excel for descriptive statistics such as frequencies, averages, and percentages.