Curiosity to Question: A New Model for Disciplinarily Diverse and Inclusive Course-Based Research Experiences

Thursday 1:15-3:45pm PT / 2:15-4:45pm MT / 3:15-5:45pm CT / 4:15-6:45pm ET Online
Afternoon Mini Workshop


Adam Papendieck, The University of Texas at Austin
Julia Clarke, The University of Texas at Austin
Kathy Ellins, The University of Texas at Austin

Curiosity to Question (CtQ) is an emerging model for course-based research experiences that are diverse by design. By recruiting for diverse identities and disciplines, and by emphasizing open inquiry, peer mentorship and iterative peer feedback, CtQ courses encourage the kind of epistemic and cultural fluencies required for inclusive and interdisciplinary science. In this workshop, the facilitators will report on what they are learning about how and why the CtQ model works, and will share new resources that earth educators can use to design for diversity. Working in small groups, participants will be facilitated in the development of a proposal for a CtQ-style course or module of their own.

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Context: Past research on Course-based Research Experiences (CBREs / CUREs) has shown that students can be productively engaged as disciplinary researchers in classroom contexts. But how do we respond to urgent calls for scientists who have the knowledge, skills and courage to think within, across and beyond disciplines, and how can we better use course-based research to help students challenge traditional assumptions about what good science is and who gets to be a scientist? This workshop, which builds upon an ongoing program of design research funded in part by Dr. Julia Clarke's HHMI Professors grant, is focused on helping geoscience educators grapple with these questions.

Goals and Outcomes


  1. Present the CtQ model in terms of goals, pedagogy, potential applications.
  2. Summarize recent/ongoing design research (2018, 2020) on CtQ mechanisms of learning and student outcomes.
  3. Share CtQ open educational resources for design, teaching and measurement.
  4. Explore and discuss aspects of the model, including tiered mentorship, iterative representation and open inquiry
  5. Facilitate participants in creating a proposal for a CtQ-style course.

Participants will leave with:

  1. A CtQ model course proposal
  2. CtQ resources for continued development
  3. CtQ network connections for ongoing support and sharing

Slides, Materials and Instructions

All slides, workshop materials and instructions can be found here:


3:15 (CT): Welcome and Introductions

3:30 Presentation: Framing the Challenge

3:40 Presentation: Curiosity to Question: Design Elements, Learning Mechanisms and Open Educational Resources

3:50 Small group discussion: Thinking about CtQ design elements in your context

4:15 Whole group: Sharing, discussion, Q&A

4:25 Break

4:30 Facilitated proposal design

5:00 Proposal sharing and structured feedback

5:30 Network initiation

5:35 Closing remarks

5:40 Workshop assessment

5:45 End of workshop


CtQ Resources and Research:


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