Using Discipline-Based Education Research to Inform Teaching Strategies and Design of Instructional Materials

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 3:30pm to 4:45pm
University of Iowa Main Library, 1022 LIB

ABSTRACT: The results of discipline-based education research provide a significant resource to inform teaching strategies and the design of instructional materials. This session will focus on areas of research that can inform instruction in STEM courses and describe how research has been used to develop innovative strategies for teaching. The goal is to provide some insights for instructors wishing to learn about, adapt, and incorporate research-based materials and teaching strategies into their courses, hopefully with the goal of “doing better things” to create more effective learning environments to promote students achieving a deeper understanding of STEM and developing appropriate science process skills.

SPEAKER'S BIO: Renée Cole is an associate professor of chemistry at the University of Iowa. Cole earned a BA in chemistry from Hendrix College, and MS and PhD degrees in physical chemistry from the University of Oklahoma. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship in chemistry education research at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, she began her career at the University of Central Missouri. Her research focuses on issues related to how students learn chemistry and how that guides the design of instructional materials and teaching strategies as well on efforts related to faculty development and the connection between chemistry education research and the practice of teaching. Cole is also an associate editor for the Journal of Chemical Education and has been involved in national and international workshops to promote inquiry-based teaching.

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