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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, ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Research Methodologies in Science Education: Undergraduate Research Mentoring, Teacher Workshops, and K-12 Outreach Activities part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This article in the Journal of Geoscience Education examines which characteristics are central to quality research experiences for undergraduates and science teachers, what mentors can do to improve ...

Development and Validation of an Instrument for Assessing the Learning Environment of Outdoor Science Activities part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This study was conducted to describe the development and validation of Science Outdoor Learning Environment Inventory (SOLEI), an instrument used to assess science learning environments on field ...

A modeling approach to teaching evolutionary biology in high schools part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This article addresses common student misconceptions of evolutionary biology concepts by discussing the philosophy of understanding evolution and the development of a 9-week high school evolutionary ...

Individual differences in solving physics problems part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This chapter examines the nature of skill and expertise through the detailed analysis of a study that captures the processes an expert subject and a novice subject use to solve simple kinematics ...

Improving the preparation for fieldwork with IT: two examples from physical geography part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This paper investigates two ways information technology (IT) can enhance fieldwork preparation. The author asserts that geographic information systems (GIS) and computer-based tutorials can help ...

Research on conceptual understanding in mechanics part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This paper discusses research on the learning and teaching of some basic physics mechanics concepts. Several specific examples from representative investigations are presented in order to illustrate ...

Position Location on Topographical Maps: Effects of Task Factors, Training and Strategy part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This study examines task factors, cognitive processes, and individual differences as determinants of performance differences when locating a position on a topographical map from a given position on ...

The Distribution of Resources and Expertise and the Implementation of Schoolwide Reform Initiatives part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Using a sample of 499 teachers from 23 schools engaged in locally-designed schoolwide reform initiatives, the authors analyzed how well access to expertise predicted the influence of reforms on ...

Integrating undergraduate education and scientific discovery through field research in igneous petrology part of SERC Print Resource Collection
We recast a standard igneous petrology course at Fort Lewis College into a field-based, inquiry-driven research course focused on a specific field area, in this case the Tertiary volcanic complex at ...

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