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The Cooperative Learning Network part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site belongs to a group at Sheridan College in Ontario promoting college level cooperative learning (CL). Goals of the group include advocating for the educational benefits of CL, encouraging ...

The Cooperative Learning Center at the University of Minnesota part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This website contains essays and information regarding cooperative learning theory and practice. Users can follow links to workshop information, newsletters and books by David and Roger Johnson, ...

Problem Based Learning Initiative part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site, The Problem Based Learning Initiative (PBLI), provides education, consultation and support to teachers and organizations in any discipline, profession, training program or educational ...

Journal of Chemical Education: About Teaching with Problems and Case Studies part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This feature column from the Journal of Chemical Education provides teachers and professors with real-world scenarios that involve chemistry and encourage students to appreciate how chemistry and ...

A Fractal Thinker Looks at Learning, Observing and Assessment part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site describes a way to reorganize available information on materials, processes and rates to make teaching part of a more understandable system interrelated in space and time. Fractals may ...

Fieldwork is Good? The Student Experience of Field Courses part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site describes the results of a research project that was conducted across geography, earth science and environmental science disciplines to examine the effect of fieldwork on students' ...

The Hidden Earth: Visualization of Geologic Features and their Subsurface Geometry part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This PDF from researchers at Arizona State University illustrates useful graphs, charts and maps with which to teach undergraduates petrology and other processes beneath the earth's surface.

Role Playing in Education. part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This article by Dr. Adam Blatner discusses role-playing in education. Role playing, a derivative of a sociodrama, is a method for exploring the issues involved in complex social situations. It may be ...

Fieldwork Bibliography part of SERC Web Resource Collection

An annotated bibliography from the Geography Discipline Network (affiliated with GEES in the UK) on learning in the field. Readers are invited to suggest additions to the bibliography.

Metacognition: Study Strategies, Monitoring, and Motivation part of SERC Web Resource Collection

The author briefly reviews metacognition and its connections with study strategies, self-monitoring, and motivation. He then offers examples of specific strategies instructors can teach students to ...

Lines, Blobs, Crosses, and Arrows: Diagrammatic Communication with Schematic Figures part of SERC Print Resource Collection
In making diagrams to communicate, people use a small number of symbols or schematic figures. The meaning of a diagram as a whole depends in part on the schematic figures used within the diagram and ...

The Hidden Earth: Visualization of Geologic Features and their Subsurface Geometry part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Describes development and testing of computer-based materials for improving understanding of topographic maps and block diagrams and the associated visualization skills. Paper presented at the annual ...

How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This summary of educational research stresses that students of all ages 1) come to school with preconceptions about the subjects they are learning that, if not engaged, will interfere with learning, ...

Taxonomy of Educational Objectives Handbook I: The Cognitive Domain. part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This was the first attempt to classify learning behaviors and provide concrete measures for identifying different levels of learning. The cognitive domain consists of 6 levels: knowledge, ...

Animation: Can It Facilitate? part of SERC Print Resource Collection

Software for Assisting High School Students in the Spatial Perception of Geological Structures part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This paper investigates students' spatial perception of three-dimensional geological structures. Software was developed to assist students in developing the spatial skills needed for such perception. ...

Development and Evaluation of Where are We?: Map-skills Software and Curriculum part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Improvements in the instructional materials used in the prototype version of the Where are We program were accomplished through formative evaluation. These improvements include replacement of ...

An Interactive Multimedia Tool for Helping Students to Translate from Maps to Reality and Vice Versa part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This article outlines the rationale and implementation of the early phases of the Where are We? map utilization program. This program uses multimedia technology to help students understand how 2-D ...

Spatial Schemas in Depictions part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Depictions, such as maps, that portray visible things are ancient whereas graphics, such as charts and diagrams, that portray things that are inherently not visible, are relatively modern inventions. ...

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