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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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Understanding by Design part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Wiggins and McTighe propose a multifaceted approach to education, with six 'facets' of understanding. The facets combine with backward design to provide a powerful, practical framework for designing ...

The Expert Educator part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This education textbook includes chapters on the basics of education, multiple intelligences, a variety of teaching strategies (such as case studies, role-playing, and lecturing), the use of media, ...

Measuring student understanding of geological time part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This paper includes a copy and an assessment of the GeoTAT, a test of students' aptitude to understand geologic time, particularly their ability to work out stratigraphic relationships and to make ...

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 ...

Knowing What Students Know: The Science and Design of Educational Assessment part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This book looks at research into human learning and educational measurement and explains how these fields can form the basis for new approaches to assessment. Some of these new approaches are ...

What does 'impact' mean in the evaluation of learning technology? part of SERC Print Resource Collection
Abstract - Whilst many projects in Higher Education are expected to demonstrate their impact, quite what this requirement means is often left unspecified. This paper draws on the experiences of the ...

Stronger Designs for Research on Educational Uses of Technology: Conclusion and Implications part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This report synthesizes key ideas presented in ten commissioned papers from research methodology experts. The papers were written to address the insufficiency of current large-scale data collections ...

Models That Work: Case Studies in Effective Undergraduate Mathematics Programs part of SERC Print Resource Collection
This publication is the culminating report of a case studies project aimed at providing a resource for faculty seeking to improve their undergraduate programs. The report summarizes effective ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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