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They're Not Dumb, They're Different
Stalking The Second Tier

T​hey’re not Dumb They’re Different is the ground-breaking study of why college students abandon science for other disciplines. First published in 1990 by Research Corporation, it influenced two generations of science teaching reformers, and was printed and reprinted as a short book; but never before available on line. What makes TND unique is what happens when seven accomplished graduate students in fields other than STEM, “stand-in” for first-time learners in Intro Physics and Chemistry courses. How they coped, what they struggled with themselves, and what they took away reminds us that students who may have something to give to science may not be just like us!

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Improving Undergraduate STEM Education at Research Universities: A Collection of Case Studies

There is a striking disconnect between the impressive extent of discipline based research that argues for new approaches to classroom teaching, and the depressingly low rates of adoption of these new ideas. This is despite repeated calls to action from such prominent national players as the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), the National Academies’ study on Discipline-Based Education Research (DBER), and the Association of American Universities (AAU). While there is a broad consensus that systemic institutional change is needed within universities to enable continuous improvement of undergraduate STEM teaching and learning, there is little literature or discussion about precisely what those institutional changes should be or how in practice they might be achieved. To help fill this void, the AAU has launched an effort in connection with the AAU Undergraduate STEM Education Initiative to collect case studies that document current and past attempts at large-scale transformations of undergraduate STEM teaching at research universities. These are meant to be a resource for department chairs and deans who are contemplating large-scale efforts of their own.

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Searching for Better Approaches: Effective Evaluation of Teaching and Learning in STEM

Summaries of discussions and conclusions resulting from a January 2014 workshop focused on varied methods that research-intensive institutions have implemented to create cultures of positive STEM education. Faculty and administrators engaged to consider what does and does not work to identify, encourage, and reward effective teaching. The Washington, D.C., workshop was sponsored by RCSA and the Association of American Universities.

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Teach Better, Save Time, and Have More Fun: A Guide to Teaching and Mentoring in Science

“Anyone launching an academic career…will benefit from reading this eye-opening, engaging handbook. The voices of experienced faculty that are the foundation for this volume provide a revealing window into the realities of teaching at a research
university, where idealism meets economic, political, social and technological
forces; and where teaching, like research, can be inspired by imagination and
creativity.”—Arthur B. Ellis, Provost, City University of Hong Kong

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Accelerating Solar Conversion Science

A resource for researchers in solar conversion, this publication details key system-level challenges and issues transcending the various scientific disciplines. It is based on a keynote speech delivered by Nate Lewis, director: Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis. He is also the George L. Argyros Professor of Chemistry at Cal Tech. Dr. Lewis’ speech was delivered at the first-annual conference for Scialog: Solar Energy Conversion, held in October 2010. Topics include solar electric, solar thermal and solar fuel.

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Success with Science: The Winners' Guide to High School Research

Published by Research Corporation for Science Advancement, is written by Harvard University science students who want to encourage and to help their high-school colleagues participate in the mind-expanding world of American science competitions. This is an indispensible guide for anyone thinking about a career in science.

It is available on Amazon.com.

 

Science in Solution: The Impact of Undergraduate Research on Student Learning

David Lopatto’s, Science in Solution: The Impact of Undergraduate Research on Student Learning is available from CUR here. Lopatto is a professor of psychology and the Samuel R. and Marie-Louise Rosenthal Professor of Natural Science and Mathematics at Grinnell College.

 

Science Teaching as a Profession: Why It Isn't, How It Could Be

Research Corporation for Science Advancement supported a new book by noted education writer Sheila Tobias and veteran science teacher Anne Baffert, entitled Science Teaching as a Profession: Why It Isn’t, How It Could Be. Based upon their communications with nearly 500 science teachers across the United States over the past two years, the book explores what is needed to reduce attrition by high-school science teachers at a time when the United States is facing increasing competition in the sciences from other nations. For more information, contact NSTA.

 

Academic Excellence: The Role of Research in the Physical Sciences at Undergraduate Institutions

Numerous studies have shown that the undergraduate programs most successful at producing scientists are those that include research and publication in refereed journals. That is, research activity helps the faculty keep current but it also leads to more positive results for the students. Often the defenders of research by the faculty are accused of not being concerned about students. The studies demonstrate, to the contrary, that students benefit from a research-based teaching environment. Students who have the opportunity for research complete their science programs in greater numbers than those who do not. This implies that what is good for the faculty is also good for the students.

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Academic Excellence: The Sourcebook

This Study was undertaken to provide a basic understanding of the environment for research in the natural sciences at predominantly undergraduate colleges and universities.

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Science on The Frontiers: Commentaries on education and research in the service of science literacy

Science on the Frontiers is a collection of wide-ranging presentations that convey much of the excitement of contemporary science. The authors are the scientists themselves, distinguished investigators and widely recognized authorities in their fields who have received a wide variety of honors including the Nobel Prize. These illustrated lectures were first presented at annual conferences for participants in the Partners In Science program: high school science teachers and their mentors—college and university scientists. The Partners program provided opportunities for teachers across the country to spend two summers working in research projects on local campuses.

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Bringing the Excitement of Science to the Classroom

Many of America’s best minds have been idled by changing national priorities, and recent graduates in science may have difficulty in finding employment. The authors gauge the scope of the job problem and recommend measures to restructure the supply of, and demand for, scientists.

Authors: Sheila Tobias, Daryl E. Chubin and Kevin Aylesworth. Length 157 pages incl. appendix, index, 6 x 9, paper. Published by Research Corporation, 1995. Cost: $2.50, includes “media rate” shipping.

 

Rethinking Science as a Career: Perceptions and Realities in the Physical Sciences

Many of America’s best minds have been idled by changing national priorities, and recent graduates in science may have difficulty in finding employment. The authors gauge the scope of the job problem and recommend measures to restructure the supply of, and demand for, scientists.

Authors: Sheila Tobias, Daryl E. Chubin and Kevin Aylesworth. Length 157 pages incl. appendix, index, 6 x 9, paper. Published by Research Corporation, 1995. Cost: $2.50, includes “media rate” shipping.

 

Cottrell: Samaritan of Science

The story of the founder of Research Corporation who invented the electrostatic precipitator, still one of primary means for controlling industrial air pollution, and used it to fund academic science in the United States. A reprint edition of the original 1952 biography of Frederick Gardner Cottrell with forward by Ernest O. Lawrence.

Author: Frank Cameron. Length 414 pages incl. index, 6-1/2 x 8-1/2, paper. Reprint edition published 1993 by Research Corporation. Cost: $10.00, includes shipping.