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Understanding What Students Know about Global Climate Change: Conceptual Understanding using Concept Maps part of Cutting Edge:Complex Systems:Assessments
This assessment is designed to assess what students know conceptually about global climate change using concept maps.

Strategic Programs for Innovations in Undergraduate Physics: Project Report part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This pdf file is the January 2003 report for project Strategic Programs for Innovations in Undergraduate Physics (SPIN-UP), a physics community effort organized by the National Task Force on ...

Educational Technology & Society part of SERC Web Resource Collection

Educational Technology & Society publishes academic articles on the issues affecting the developers of educational systems and educators who implement and manage such systems. The articles ...

The Knowledge Survey: A Tool for All Reasons part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This website discusses knowledge surveys, which offer a powerful way to achieve course organization and enact instructional alignment. Surveys serve as powerful assessment tools that provide a ...

The National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science Case Collection part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This website presents educational case studies in a variety of disciplines. Featured case studies are designed to be used in teaching, applying science concepts to public policy, legal disputes, 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 ...

Motivating Students part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This chapter from the book Tools for Teaching by Barbara Gross Davis is a great place to start for ideas and tips about increasing student motivation in your classes. The author presents a handy ...

Teaching Physics with Physics Suite part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This book aims to help educators learn to be more effective at teaching physics. It describes a variety of tools for improving both teaching and learning, including new kinds of homework and exam ...

Research Methodologies in Science Education: Qualitative Data part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This article in the Journal of Geoscience Education describes the work of a graduate student in geology who used a qualitative approach in an introductory geology class to determine how the course ...

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 ...

Research Methodologies in Science Education - Strategies for Productive Assessment part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This article in the Journal of Geoscience Education provides guidelines that help interpret published education research, apply this research to a classroom, and engage in research endeavors. The ...

Disciplinary Research Strategies for Assessment of Learning part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This article from BioScience discusses the uses of systematic strategies derived from discipline-based science research to design problems to assess students' understanding of the carbon cycle in two ...

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 ...

Orientations, purposes, and reflection: a framework for understanding action research part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This paper presents the construction and application of a framework used to better understand the nature of action research by comparing and evaluating action research in a way that transcends ...

Teaching Physics: Figuring Out What Works part of SERC Print Resource Collection
The authors assert that physics education research, a growing subfield of physics, helps educators understand what students learn in physics courses and how to make sense of what physics students do ...

The Web-based Inquiry Science Environment (WISE): Scaffolding teachers to adopt inquiry and technology part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This chapter describes the WISE learning environment and curriculum partnerships and discusses a research program aimed at helping all teachers adopt inquiry and technology methods. WISE ...

The Connected Chemistry Modeling Environment: Incorporating Interactive Simulations into the Chemistry Classroom part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This paper describes and assesses connected chemistry, a modeling and simulation package that is implemented inside the StarLogoT and NetLogo modeling environments. Connected chemistry provides an ...

Research methodologies in science education; assessing students' alternative conceptions part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This article explores three conceptual understanding topics: barriers to understanding, instructional strategies to help students understand fundamental geoscience concepts, and determining if and ...

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