Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Summer Reading Schedule

Here is the schedule for summer readings and discussions. If the link I give you doesn't work for you, you need to go here to set up your off campus UCD library access. (Click on the VPN icon.) If you are not affiliated with UCD you'll need to search for the citation and (use google scholar) and follow the journal instructions to obtain the article.

Meetings are in Physics 185 from 5-PM on Mondays.

June 28th Cassandra

K. M. Koenig, R. J. Endorf, G. A. Braun, Effectiveness of different tutorial recitation teaching methods and its implications for TA training. Physical Review Special Topics Physics Education 3, 104+ (2007).

July 5th
(holiday, NO meeting)

July 12th Ann
W. Felps, T. Mitchell, E. Byington, How, When, and Why Bad Apples Spoil the Barrel: Negative Group Members and Dysfunctional Groups. Research in Organizational Behavior 27, 175 (2006).

July 19th DD
C. Chin, Teacher questioning in science classrooms: Approaches that stimulate productive thinking. Journal of Research in Science Teaching (2007)

July 26th Mara

August 2nd Cara
V. Savkar, J. Lokere, Time to Decide: The Ambivalence of the World of Science Toward Education. Nature Education (2010).
http://www.nature.com/scitable/forums/timetodecide (click where it says, you may download it 'here')

August 9th Kandace
G. Yair, Can we administer the scholarship of teaching? Lessons from outstanding professors in higher education Higher Education 55, 447 (2008).

August 16th Cassandra
M. C. Ortiz, D. Carvajal, A. H. Coral, R. P. Barrios, C. A. Henao

Implementation of podcast and clickers in two biology courses at Los Andes University and impact evaluation in the teaching-learning process Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences 2, 1767 (2010).

August 23rd John

Understanding Student Differences

August 30th Carl
Garvin-Doxas K, Klymkowsky M. Understanding randomness and its impact on student learning: lessons learned from building the Biology Concept Inventory (BCI). CBE-Life Sciences Education. 2008;7(2):227. Available at: http://lifescied.org/cgi/content/abstract/7/2/227.

September 6th (labor day, no meeting!)

September 13th Social at The Graduate

Monday, June 14, 2010

Resources for Education Articles

Here is a list of places to find education articles and blogs. I'm sure there are more, so please go ahead and add other resources in the 'comments' section, and I can update the post as necessary.

Educational Journals and Blogs:

Journal of Research in Science Teaching: Great journal for general science education research. Published by NARST (National Association for Research in Science Teaching). Articles mostly (but not exclusively) address K-12 education, and are written for an audience of educational researchers.

College Teaching: This is an interdisciplinary journal about how teachers can improve student learning. It includes a wide range of article types, from research, to classroom/teaching tips.

Tomorrow's Professor Blog: A collection of articles and commentaries on general issues concerning higher education. Posts are on a wide range of topics, and frequently include topics related to teaching and learning. On the homepage (http://tomprofblog.mit.edu/) under Categories choose 'Tomorrow's teaching and learning' for archived posts.

Journal on Excellence in College Teaching: Broad journal about all things related to the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Lists of other Education Journals:


Content specific journals: Here are a few of the educational journals I know of in Physics. It would be great for others to add those from their own content areas.

American Physical Society: Physical Review Special Topics PER: Physics Education Research articles, both theory and experimental written for other PER researchers. (First stop for physics related educational research, especially at the college level.)


American Journal of Physics: (Published by AAPT) Physics Education instruction and research articles, written for highs school and college educators and students. The majority of articles are techniques or lesson plans for direct use in the classroom. They publish one or two (sometimes zero) PER articles a month.


The Physics Teacher: (Published by AAPT) Publishes Papers on teaching physics for introductory level teachers. These are almost entirely articles that can be immediately transferred to the classroom.


Google Scholar: This (in my opinion) is still the best way to find a scholarly article if you don't have any idea where you should look for it.