The UNO STEM TRAIL Center invites you to the next installment of their DBER Speaker Series, "Bringing the Next Generation of Science to College Classrooms." This event will take places Friday, Feb. 21 from noon - 1 P.M. at the Thompson Alumni Center.
In 2012, the National Research Council released A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas. This report synthesized the literature on how students learn science and laid the groundwork for the Next Generation Science Standards. That document outlined the idea of "three-dimensional learning" (3DL), which we are working to incorporate into higher education, both to help develop new K-12 science teachers and to capitalize on the ways incoming college students were taught. These ideas hold significant promise for improving student learning, but several questions still need to be addressed: How do we assess three-dimensional learning; How do we teach it; And how do we help faculty incorporate it into their classrooms? In this talk I will discuss projects and products of the 3DL for Undergraduate Science (3DL4US) Collaboration, including the 3D-LAP, which can be used to characterize or develop assessment items that align with 3DL; the 3D-LOP, which characterizes both "how" and "what" is taught in introductory science courses; and look at some results of the STEM Gateway Fellowship, which works with faculty to develop 3DL materials for their courses.
J.T. Laverty is an Assistant Professor of Physics at Kansas State University. He earned a B.S. in Physics and a B.S. in Math from the University of Toledo in 2006. He went on to receive a M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics from Michigan State University in 2008 and 2013, respectively. His postdoctoral work focused on transforming introductory courses in physics, chemistry, and biology, while developing instruments to identify, develop, and implement three-dimensional learning materials. His current work focuses on assessing scientific practices, investigating how faculty think about and make ethical decisions, and investigating how faculty take up and implement ideas from professional development programs. He is also currently the director of the KSU Physics Learning Assistant Program.
About the Speaker
About the DBER Speaker Series
The discipline-based education research (DBER) speaker series features local and external speakers on a variety of areas (and sub-disciplines) across STEM areas of DBER. Come learn about recent research advances in the teaching and learning of STEM content!
About the University of Nebraska at Omaha
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