Research Projects

GIS Training in Transportation and Environmental Justice for Promoting Student Success in STEAM Education

August 18, 2021
Project ID: CTEDD 021-10
Author(s): Joowon Im, University of Texas at Arlington
Co-Author(s): Alan Klein, University of Texas at Arlington
CTEDD Grant Cycle: 2021 Educational RFP
Minority and lower-income populations have historically been disproportionately underrepresented in STEAM education and jobs. The educational attainment gap for underrepresented minorities graduating high school and earning a college degree, especially in the STEM field, continues to remain wide. Teaching theories of environmental justice and transportation planning in a school curriculum helps to empower the youth of communities by addressing local issues concerning transportation plans and environmental justice and ultimately, helps students to develop skills to make important life and career decisions.

Transportation Equity Curriculum, Phase II: Applied Learning Workbook

August 18, 2021
Project ID: CTEDD 021-11
Author(s): Kristine Williams, University of South Florida
Co-Author(s): Shams Tanvir, California Polytechnic State University; Carolyn McAndrews, University of Wisconsin – Madison
CTEDD Grant Cycle: 2021 Educational RFP
Many instructors struggle to effectively integrate applied learning strategies into their courses, particularly for multi-faceted and evolving fields of practice, such as transportation equity. The Equitable Transportation Planning Curriculum for Urban Planning and Transportation Programs (Transportation Equity Curriculum), currently underway with CTEDD funding, will provide emerging professionals with foundational knowledge and include some service-learning components.

Summer Multicultural and Interdisciplinary Learning for Engineering (SMILE) in Transportation: Professional Development for Science Teachers of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students

August 18, 2021
Project ID: CTEDD 021-12
Author(s): Jiyoon Yoon, University of Texas at Arlington
Co-Author(s): Kate (Kyung) Hyun, University of Texas at Arlington
CTEDD Grant Cycle: 2021 Educational RFP
This proposal is designed to offer a professional development opportunity, “Summer Multicultural & Interdisciplinary Learning for Engineering (SMILE) in Transportation,” for future science teachers (focusing Grade 4-5) and measure its effects on their teaching. As the student population grows more diverse, schools are facing greater challenges in delivering effective instructions of “transportation” to the diverse student population, including minority students who speak English as a second langua

Social Equity and Ecology: A Cross-system Partnership Promoting Transportation as a Transformative Tool for Client Mobility

August 18, 2021
Project ID: CTEDD 021-13
Author(s): Jandel Crutchfield, University of Texas at Arlington
Co-Author(s): Danielle Eugene, University of Texas at Arlington; Adjo Amekudzi-Kennedy, Georgia Institute of Technology
CTEDD Grant Cycle: 2021 Educational RFP
Through a widely accessible, permanent online training program the proposed education project will teach professionals serving local homeless populations in Dallas Fort Worth and the greater Atlanta metro area how to use transportation as a transformative tool to improve mobility and quality of life of those they serve.

Campus as a Living Lab: Discovering the Comfort of Wheelchair Users in the Pedestrian Network by Experiential Learning with High School Students

August 18, 2021
Project ID: CTEDD 021-14
Author(s): June Y. Park, University of Texas at Arlington
Co-Author(s): Jessica Eisma, University of Texas at Arlington; Sarah Rose, University of Texas at Arlington
CTEDD Grant Cycle: 2021 Educational RFP
Although the adoption of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) shifted our paradigm for accessibility, the built environment is still not friendly for wheelchair users. The main challenge is that enforcement of ADA guidelines primarily focuses on the design requirements, while actual usability is less emphasized in current practice and evaluation is limited largely to walk-through investigations.
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