Focus Group 4: Geoscience Education Research

Facilitators: Nicole LaDue and Heather Petcovic


Pre-Meeting Preparation

Resources to Review

Prepare Background Information About Your Work

Education Researcher Participant Workspace
(private space)
Please be prepared to share information about your work with the other participants:

  • Where would you place your work on a continuum between pure evaluation and pure research?
  • How do you define yourself? Do you identify mainly as a geoscientist, education researcher, etc.?
  • What are the overarching goals for your work? (Ex. recruit more students to geoscience, build the literature on particular topics, etc.)

Meeting Schedule

Day 1 Sunday, August 9th


Evening Session - Why Geo-Needs?

5:00-5:30 Registration and no-host mixer at Granite City Grill and Brewery

5:30-6:00 Ice Breaker: See Summary of Ice Breaker Responses

6:00-7:00 Dinner

7:00-8:00 Introduction Slides (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 7.2MB Aug10 15)

Introductions of Project Team
Goals of the Workshop
Homework Review

Day 2 Monday, August 10th


6:15- 8:15 Breakfast Available at Hotel

Morning Session

8:30 Welcome & Logistics - Introduction slides (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 525kB Aug10 15)

9:00 Locating the Researcher: Activity to understand the perspectives of colleagues at this workshop

9:30 Guest Speaker

Lorenzo Baber, Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign [Baber et al. 2010 (Acrobat (PDF) PRIVATE FILE 494kB Jun26 15) , Baber 2015 (Acrobat (PDF) 471kB Jul14 15)]

Broadening Geoscience (Acrobat (PDF) 563kB Aug11 15)

10:15 Break

10:30 Identifying the Knowledge Base

11:00 Guest Speaker

Caitlin Callahan, Grand Valley State University Callahan et al. 2015 (Acrobat (PDF) 177kB Jul28 15) Social Capital as a Framework (Acrobat (PDF) 588kB Aug11 15)


12:00-1:00 Lunch in Dining Room

1:00 Gathering the Evidence in the Knowledge Base

What are the gaps in the existing research related to recruitment/retention of students that are URM in the geosciences?

2:00 Similar Background Pairs

Identifying Resources Needed for Future Work

2:45 Break

3:00 Guest Speaker:

Funding Opportunities at National Science Foundation (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 218kB Aug7 15): Jill Karsten, Program Officer NSF-GEO

4:00 Envisioning the Ideal State

4:45 Roadcheck - Preview of tomorrow and homework assignment


6:00 Granite City Grill and Brewery

Homework: (for discussion in morning of Day 3)

  • What are the barriers to doing culturally-appropriate research with 2YCs/MSIs?
  • How do we ensure that URM students and 2YC/MSI institutions benefit from participation in research?

Day 3 Tuesday, August 11th


6:15- 8:15 Breakfast Available at Hotel

Morning Session

8:30 Introduction Slides (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 508kB Aug10 15)

  • Meeting the needs of MSIs and 2YCs

9:00 Evaluating the Ideal Model

  • Identify where education research fits into the model
  • Proposing changes to the ideal model
9:45 Building Consensus

10:15 Break

10:30 Report out on Ideal Model

11:00 Next Steps


12:00-1:00 Lunch in Dining Room

Afternoon Session

1:00 Reflection

2:00 Wrap-up Discussion and Exit Survey

Evening Departures (after 3 pm)