Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Stephanie Holmquist Awarded Ph.D. in Career and Workforce Education

Stephanie Holmquist with her doctoral committee (from left),
Drs. Bill Blank, Susan Zucker, and Victor Hernandez. Dr.
Yi-Hsin Chen participated via Skype.
May 6, 2014. Tampa, FL. Congratulations to Stephanie Holmquist who successfully defended her dissertation on April 3, 2014. The title of her dissertation is, A multi-case study of student interactions with educational robots and impact on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) learning and attitudes.

The purpose of her study was to describe the interactive process of using educational robotics to facilitate elementary school students’ understanding of and attitudes towards Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) concepts. Her doctoral committee included Dr. Victor Hernandez who served as her Major Professor, Dr. Bill Blank, Dr. Susan Zucker, and Dr. Yi-Hsin Chen. To facilitate the dissertation defense, Dr. Zucker, served as the Outside Chair.

With a teaching background in science, mathematics, and technology, Stephanie launched an educational consulting practice—Holmquist Educational Consultants—to assist schools interested in the implementation of approaches to integrated curriculum and instruction. In this capacity, she helps schools and districts customize unique curriculum solutions that are interdisciplinary, hands-on; and aligned with local, state, and national standards in the following areas: Information technology, legal issues and the internet; and integrating math, science, and technology into the classroom. Her work on the integration of technology across the curriculum has been recognized with numerous awards over the years.

Building upon her professional background and interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), she designed a study driven by the following questions:
  • How do elementary school students interact with an educational robot to design and test problems?
  •  Does interacting with an educational robot impact the understanding of STEM concepts?
  • Does interacting with an educational robot impact attitudes towards STEM?
To conduct her study, Stephanie used a multi-case study approach in with two groups of elementary school students served as the unit of analysis. To learn more about her study, you may visit her dissertation page and for additional pictures you may check here.

Stephanie holds an undergraduate degree in theater and a master’s degree in career and technical education, both completed at USF. Thus, with the completion of her Ph.D. in Career and Workforce Education at USF, Stephanie is now three times a Bull. Given her longstanding association with USF, in addition to serving as President and CEO of Holmquist Educational Consultants; Stephanie serves as Government Relations Chair on the USF Foundation Board of Directors.

President Judy Genshaft officially conferred Stephanie’s doctorate at the Spring 2014 Commencement ceremony held on May 3 at the USF-Dome. At the commencement event, Drs. Victor Hernandez and Bill Blank had the honor of hooding Stephanie. After the ceremony Stephanie’s husband Terry Johnson, family, and friends gathered at the USF Gibbons Alumni Center Traditions Hall to celebrate her professional milestone.

Congratulations Dr. Stephanie Holmquist!