One future direction for research includes
  increasing the depth of research on geoscience
  misconceptions, which lags woefully behind that of
  the other disciplines in science.  You might also
  consider the relative nature of field experiences
  and engagement in real (uncontrolled) phenomena, the
  integration of variable spatial and temporal scales,
  and the nature of inquiry in the geosciences
  relative to other sciences.  Just some thoughts...


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    Date: Wed, 4 Jun 2008 13:43:41 -0400
    From: Helen King
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    Subject: Geoscience Education Research Info
    To: [log in to unmask]

    Hi everyone,


    I have been invited to participate in a panel
    discussion at a
    workshop conducted by the National Academies’
    Board on Science Education
    at the end of June. I’ve been asked to provide a
    brief presentation
    summarizing the major findings from geoscience
    education research and
    identifying directions for future research (see
    messages below).


    Whilst I feel I have a reasonable perspective on
    these things
    myself, it would be great to know that I’m
    appropriately representing the
    community of geoscience education researchers. So
    I’d really welcome your
    ideas and comments under each of these headings:

    Summarize the major findings from discipline-based
    research in your discipline (geosciences).

    Identify the most promising or important
    directions for future


    Thanks very much for your help and hope to see you
    all at GSA in

    All the best,




    Dr Helen King NTF FSEDA


    Helen King Consultancy

    Personal & Professional Development in Higher

    Tel: (001) 703 505 3358




    From: Hilton, Margaret
    [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
    Sent: 04 June 2008 13:09
    To: Helen King
    Cc: Schweingruber, Heidi; Krone, Rebecca
    Subject: RE: Invitation-June 30th


    Hi, Helen:


    Thanks so much for participating in the panel
    discussion of
    discipline-based geosciences education research at
    our June 30th
    workshop.  This panel is tentatively scheduled to
    last one hour and will
    include 4 panelists from different disciplines. 
    In order to maximize
    discussion, I hope you will provide a brief
    10-minute presentation that will do
    two things:


    Summarize the major findings from discipline-based
    research in your discipline (geosciences).

    Identify the most promising or important
    directions for future


    The other panelists will include Bill  Wood,
    University of Colorado; Joe Redish, Physics,
    University of Maryland,
    and Art Ellis, Chemistry, Seattle Pacific


    I’ll send you the agenda next week, when it is
    more fully









    From: Hilton, Margaret
    [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
    Sent: 03 June 2008 11:56
    To: [log in to unmask]
    Cc: Schweingruber, Heidi
    Subject: Invitation-June 30th


    Dr. King:


    support from the National Science Foundation, the
    National Academies’
    Board on Science Education is conducting a series
    of two workshops on Promising
    Practices in Undergraduate STEM Education. The
    workshops are designed to
    explore the evidence of impact for selected
    innovations and to provide
    information to the Wisconsin Center for Education
    Research in its effort to
    expand national dissemination of evidence-based
    knowledge and resources to
    improve undergraduate STEM education.  A more
    complete description of the
    workshop series is pasted below this message.


    writing to invite you to participate in a panel
    discussion of discipline-based
    education research during the first workshop, to
    be held on June 30th here
    in Washington, DC.  The overall guiding question
    for this panel is: What
    is the state of evidence in discipline-based
    education research?  We are
    especially interested in the state of evidence of
    the effectiveness of changes
    in pedagogy within individual STEM courses and


    you are interested and available, we would ask you
    to prepare a short
    presentation as part of the panel discussion. 


    hope to hear from you soon about your
    participation in this important workshop.






    Senior Program
    Center for
    The National

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    Numerous and varied teaching, learning,
    assessment, and
    institutional promising practices  in
    undergraduate STEM education have
    been developed in recent years – many funded by
    NSF-- but little is known
    about their impact.  The goal of this proposal is
    to begin to focus on the
    evidence of impact for a selected number of such
    promising practices.  To
    do this the National Research Council (NRC) will
    facilitate two, one-day
    workshops which will be overseen by an independent
    steering committee appointed
    by the Chairman of the NRC.  Each workshop will
    shed light on the state of
    knowledge on the selected STEM promising practices
    as well as suggest areas for
    additional research or where a major synthesis of
    existing research is
    needed.  All of the conceptual work described in
    this proposal will be
    coordinated with and provide information and
    guidance to the work of another
    proposal being sent to NSF by the Wisconsin Center
    for Education Research







Eric J. Pyle, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Geology and Environmental Science
James Madison University
MSC 6903
Harrisonburg, VA  22807

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