Hi Helen,

I’m glad to hear you were invited to this as well.  I was asked but can’t make it, as I will (ironically) be in the field conducting research undergraduate learning in the geosciences.  

So, I would simply echo Eric’s suggestion, which was:
“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.”

I second that wholeheartedly, as I think these are some of the most unique aspects of our science we have to offer to the rest of science education.

I’m glad you’ll be there to represent us all!  Thanks!


On 6/4/08 1:43 PM, "Helen King" <[log in to unmask]">[log in to unmask]> wrote:

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:
1)     Summarize the major findings from discipline-based education research in your discipline (geosciences).
2)     Identify the most promising or important directions for future research.
Thanks very much for your help and hope to see you all at GSA in October!
All the best,
Dr Helen King NTF FSEDA
Helen King Consultancy
Personal & Professional Development in Higher Education
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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:
3)    Summarize the major findings from discipline-based education research in your discipline (geosciences).
4)    Identify the most promising or important directions for future research.
The other panelists will include Bill Wood, Biology, University of Colorado; Joe Redish, Physics, University of Maryland, and Art Ellis, Chemistry, Seattle Pacific University.
I’ll send you the agenda next week, when it is more fully developed.



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

Dear Dr. King:
With 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.

I’m 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 classrooms.  
If you are interested and available, we would ask you to prepare a short presentation as part of the panel discussion.  
I hope to hear from you soon about your participation in this important workshop.
Margaret Hilton
Margaret Hilton

Senior Program Officer
Center for Education
The National Academies
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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 (WCER).



Eric M. Riggs, Ph.D.
Co-Director, CRESME
Center for Research and Engagement in Science and
    Mathematics Education

Associate Professor, Departments of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
and Curriculum & Instruction
Director, Sharing the Land Project

President, National Association of Geoscience Teachers, 2007-08

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