Research

Research Briefs Listing

1.    What Levels of Institutions in a National Population are Reforming Undergraduate Science Courses? Download file

Dennis W. Sunal and Cynthia Szymanski Sunal NSEUS

2.    What Criteria Can Be Used to Identify the Level of Implementation of Reform in an Undergraduate Science Course? Download file

Cynthia Szymanski Sunal, Dennis W. Sunal,  Cheryl Sundberg, Cheryl L. Mason and Corinne Lardy NSEUS

3.    What Characteristics Are Found in Reformed and Non-Reformed Undergraduate Science Courses? Download file

Dennis W. Sunal, Cynthia Szymanski Sunal, Cheryl Sundberg, Cheryl L. Mason, Corinne Lardy, Dean Zollman and Mojgan Matloob-Haghanikar NSEUS

4.    What Characteristics Are Found Among Institutions Still Offering and No Longer Offering Reformed Undergraduate Science Courses? Download file

Dennis W. Sunal, Cynthia Szymanski Sunal, Ericka Steele, Glenda Ogletree, Cheryl L. Mason, and  Dean Zollman NSEUS

5.    What Are the Characteristics of a Faculty Collaborative Teams at Institutions Involved in Undergraduate Science Course Reform? Download file

Cynthia Szymanski Sunal, Dennis W. Sunal, Dean Zollman, and Cheryl L. Mason NSEUS

6.    What Characteristics Are Identified as Key Reform Components Among a Sample of Reformed Undergraduate Science Courses? Download file

Dennis W. Sunal, Cynthia Szymanski Sunal, Ericka Steele, Donna Turner, Cheryl L. Mason, Corrine Lardy, Dean Zollman, Mojgan Matloob-Haghanikar, and Sytil Murphy NSEUS 2009

7.    What Perceptions of Scientists Do Undergraduate Students in Reform and Non-Reform Science Courses Describe? Download file

Cynthia Szymanski Sunal, Dennis W. Sunal, Donna Turner, Erika Steele, Cheryl L. Mason, Corrine Lardy, Dean Zollman, Mojgan Matloob-Haghanikar, and Sytil Murphy NSEUS7 2009

8.    How Do Faculty in Reform and Traditional Undergraduate Science Courses Describe Their Perspectives on Teaching? Download file

Dennis W. Sunal, Cynthia Szymanski Sunal, Erika Steele, Cheryl L. Mason, and Dean Zollman NSEUS (8) 2009

9.    What Perceptions of Undergraduate Science Teaching Do Students in Reform and Non-Reform Science Courses Describe? Download file

Dennis W. Sunal, Cynthia Szymanski Sunal, Erika Steele, Donna Turner, Cheryl L. Mason, Corrinne Lardy, Dean Zollman, Mojgan Matloob-Haghanikar, and Sytil Murphy NSEUS (9) April, 2009

11.    Comparing the Science Pedagogical Content Knowledge of Elementary Teachers Who Participated in Reformed orNon-Reformed Undergraduate Entry-Level Science Courses Download file

Donna Turner, Dennis W. Sunal, Cynthia Szymanski Sunal, and Erika Steele The University of Alabama

12. Differences in Student Perception of Learning Environment Between Reformed and Non-Reformed Undergraduate Science Classes Download file

Erika M. Steele, Dennis W. Sunal, Cynthia Szymanski Sunal, The University of Alabama

13. An Online Undergraduate Astronomy Lab Course Download file

Gene Byrd, The University of Alabama

Background Papers

1. Background Research Paper No. 1, March, 2008, The Wiki’s Role in Constructing a Research Agenda in Pre-service Teacher Education, Christopher T. Inman, Vivian H. Wright, Cynthia S. Sunal, and Craig Shwery

2. Background Research Paper No. 2, April, 2008, What Do We Know About Undergraduate Science Course Reform? Synthesizing Themes, Dennis W. Sunal, Cynthia S. Sunal, and Cheryl Sundberg, The University of Alabama, Cheryl Mason and Corinne Lardy, San Diego State University, and Dean Zollman,  Kansas State University.

3. Background Research Paper No. 3, April, 2009, What are the understandings of fifth grade teachers about teaching the concept of chemical change to their students? Glenda L. Ogletree, Armstrong Atlantic State University and Dennis W. Sunal, The University of Alabama.

4. Background Research Paper No. 6, Measuring Differences in Student Perception of the Learning Environment in Undergraduate Entry‐Level Science Courses, Erika M. Steele, Dennis W. Sunal, and Cynthia, Szymanski Sunal The University of Alabama

5. Point of View: How Are We Reforming Teaching in Undergraduate Science Sources? By: Cynthia Szymanski Sunal, Dennis Wayne Sunal, Cheryl Sundberg, Cheryl Mason, Dean Zollman, Corrine Lardy, and Matloob-Haghanikar Mojgan Journal of College Science Teaching, Nov. 09

6. Background Research Paper No. 7 Facilitation and Motivation Concerning Undergraduate STEM Reform: The Current Status of Non-Funded NOVA Participants, By: Corrine H. Lardy, and Cheryl L. Mason San Diego State University.

7. Background Research Paper No. 8 Effect of Type of Science Instruction on Undergraduate Student Attitudes toward Science, Erika M. Steele, Dennis W. Sunal, Cynthia Szymanski Sunal, The University of Alabama, Cheryl Mason San Diego State University, Dean Zollman, Kansas State University

8. Background Research Paper No. 9 Investigating Reform and Comparison Courses: Long-Term Impact on Elementary Teachers’ Self-Efficacy, Corinne H. Lardy and Cheryl L Mason San Diego State University

9. Background Research Paper No. 10 A Framework to Support Undergraduate Women in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Computer Science at a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), Barbara A. Burke, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Dennis W. Sunal, The University of Alabama

10. Background Research Paper No. 11 Enhancing Content Knowledge in Graduate Teaching Assistants through Lesson Study, Deborah Barry and Sharon Dotger, Syracuse University

11. Background Research Paper No. 12 Cooperative Quizzes and the Classroom Performance System in Introductory Astronomy: An Update, Gene Byrd, The University of Alabama

12. Background Research Paper No. 13 A Faculty Professional Development Model: Factors that Sustain Reform, Dennis W. Sunal and Cynthia S. Sunal, The University of Alabama

13. Background Research Paper No. 14 Early Science Teaching Experiences in a Campus-based Hands-on Lab Increases Confidence and Capacity of Undergraduates for Teaching Science, Tanya Heaston and Bev Marcum, California State University, Chico

14. Background Research Paper No. 15 Impact of Math Science Partnership Work on Higher Education Faculty, Deborah Pomeroy and Edward F. Wolff, Arcadia University, Ning Rui, Research for Better Schools.

15. Background Research Paper No. 16 Investigating Reform ad Comparison Courses: Faculty and Students’ Short-Term Impacts, Erika M. Steele, Dennis W. Sunal, and Cynthia Szymanski Sunal, The University of Alabama.

16. Background Research Paper No.17 Implementation of Genomics Research in an Undergraduate Course, Christy MacKinnon, Jessica Hernandez, and Frank Torralva, University of Incarnate Word

17. Background Research Paper No.18 Connecting Undergraduates to the Work of Minority Scientists, Stephen Wagner, Ron Havner, Josphine Taylor, Stephen F. Austin State University

18. Background Research Paper No.19 Using Action Based Research Teams to reform Undergraduate Science Courses, Gerald H. Krockover, Purdue University

19. Background Research Paper No.20 Introductory Physics Course Reform at The University of Alabama: Current Status and Lessons Learned, J.W. Harrell and Stan Jones, The University of Alabama

20. Background Research Paper No.21 Developing the Inner Scientist: Book Club Participation and Epistemological Growth, Phyllis Baudoin Griffard, Tayseer Mosleh, and Saad Kubba, Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar

21. Background Research Paper No.22 Reforming Science and Science Education Courses for K-8 Pre-service Teachers: The University of Delaware Teacher Professional Continuum Project, Danielle J. Ford, Deborah Allen, Zoubeida Dagher, Richard Donham, University of Delaware, Steve Fifield, The Franklin Institute, John A. Madsen, and Harry L. Shipman, University of Delaware

22. Background Research Paper No.23 The C.R.E.A.T.E. Approach to Primary Literature Transforms Students’ Understanding of Research and Promotes Maturation of Epistemological Beliefs, Sally G. Hoskins, City College of the City University of New York, David Lopatto, Grinnell College and Leslie M. Stevens, University of Texas, Austin

23. Background Research Paper No.24 Gauging Instructional Effectiveness of Open Policy for Wireless Computers in Classrooms, Zdeslav Hrepic, Kimberely Shaw, Columbus State University.

24. Background Research Paper No.25 Concept Based Instruction for Stoichiometry: The Balanced Molecular Equation and Proportional Reasoning, Michael F. Z. Page, Cynthia P. Guevara, and Edward Walton, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

25. Background Research Paper No.26 You can learn a Lot about Teaching Undergraduates from Preschoolers, Dana Bryd, Texas A&M University at Kingsville and Gene Byrd, University of Alabama.

26. Background Research Paper No.27 Students’ Reasoning and the Level of Interactivity in Science Content Courses, Dean A Zollman, Kansas State University, Mojgan Matloob-Haghanikar, California Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo and Sytil Murphy, Shepherd University.

27. Background Research Paper No.28 Promoting Conceptual Change Through Course Design: Supporting the Physics CK and PCK Development of Pre-Service Teachers, Will Stoll, Kadir Demir, Brett Criswell Department of Middle-Secondary Education and Instructional Technology

Georgia State University.

28. Background Research Paper No.29 Cooking From Scratch: Development of Inquiry Based Activities for the General Microbiology Laboratory, Josephine Taylor, Stephen C. Wagner, and Sarah Canterberry Stephen F. Austin State University.

29. Background Research Paper No.30 The Impact of Reformed Courses on the Science Teaching Self-Efficacy Beliefs of Preservice and Inservice Elementary Teachers, Corinne H. Lardy and Cheryl L. Mason, San Diego State University.

30. Background Research Paper No.31  Improving Student Outcomes in Organic Chemistry through Action Research, Gail Horowitz and Laura A. Rabin

Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.

31. Background Research Paper No.32  Challenges and Possibilities of Meaningful Assessment in Large Lecture Introductory Physics, David Hammer

Tufts University.

32. Background Research Paper No.33  Learning Through Action Research While Teaching Undergraduate Science, Penny Gilmer Florida State University.

33. Background Research Paper No.34  Reform or Revolution? Undergraduate Science Education in Diverse Contexts for Learning, Larry Flick, Rebekah Elliott, and Ron Gray Oregon State University.

34. Background Research Paper No.35 Teaching Undergraduate Physics through a Research-based Clicker Methodology, Lin Ding, The Ohio State University.

Biographies

Dennis W. Sunal, Cynthia S. Sunal, Cheryl L. Mason, Dean Zollman Download.pdf

Proceedings

NSEUS Conference (2011) Download.pdf

NSEUS Conference II (2012) Download.pdf