Session Type

Presentation

Room

MC 110

Start Date

9-7-2013 8:45 AM

Keywords

science education research

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Abstract

Improving undergraduate science education for all students is a national imperative in the US, called out in many recent reports, including the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology’s (PCAST) Engage to Excel. Globally, we face profound challenges to provide adequate resources to a growing human population in the face of climate change, pollution, and loss of biodiversity that can be addressed, in part, by scientists, engineers, and a scientifically literate society. Undergraduate science education serves a range of purposes from providing foundational knowledge for all students, to preparing the future teachers, to preparing a STEM workforce. A shortage of STEM workers is predicted in the coming decade and improving retention of undergraduate STEM majors through improved STEM education in the first two years of university is a solution called out in the PCAST report. The National Research Council’s Discipline-based Education Research: Understanding and Improving Learning in Undergraduate Science and Engineering report provides the evidence base for effective teaching practices in undergraduate programs. This presentation will explore what is known about improving students’ problem solving skills and conceptual understanding in science through more effective teaching and then unpack the challenges to widespread uptake of these practices.

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Jul 9th, 8:45 AM

Keynote Address - Promising Practices in Undergraduate Science Education: Why Don’t We Implement Them?

MC 110

Improving undergraduate science education for all students is a national imperative in the US, called out in many recent reports, including the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology’s (PCAST) Engage to Excel. Globally, we face profound challenges to provide adequate resources to a growing human population in the face of climate change, pollution, and loss of biodiversity that can be addressed, in part, by scientists, engineers, and a scientifically literate society. Undergraduate science education serves a range of purposes from providing foundational knowledge for all students, to preparing the future teachers, to preparing a STEM workforce. A shortage of STEM workers is predicted in the coming decade and improving retention of undergraduate STEM majors through improved STEM education in the first two years of university is a solution called out in the PCAST report. The National Research Council’s Discipline-based Education Research: Understanding and Improving Learning in Undergraduate Science and Engineering report provides the evidence base for effective teaching practices in undergraduate programs. This presentation will explore what is known about improving students’ problem solving skills and conceptual understanding in science through more effective teaching and then unpack the challenges to widespread uptake of these practices.