2011 Conference Agenda

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

5:30 – 8:00 p.m. Registration /Reception, Bryant Conference Center Room RAST B

Sunday, June 19, 2011

5:30 – 8:00 PM Conference Registration

Reception – Informal Conference Participant Interaction:

Bryant Conference Center • Room: RAST A

Monday, June 20, 2011

8:00 – 9:00 AM Registration and Full Breakfast: Bryant Conference Center • Room: RAST A

9:00 – 9:10 AM Welcome, Introductions, and Overview of the Day:

Bryant Conference Center • Room: RAST B

  • Dennis W. Sunal, University of Alabama, Science Education
  • Cynthia Szymanski Sunal, University of Alabama, Office of Research on Teaching in the Disciplines
  • Cheryl L. Mason, San Diego State University, Biology and Science Education
  • Dean A. Zollman, Kansas State University

9:10 – 9:20 AM Setting the Stage -Conference Purpose: Reflection on Research

Bryant Conference Center • Room: RAST B

Dennis W. Sunal, University of Alabama, Science Education

9:20 – 9:45 AM One – Minute Papers and Wiki Training: Bryant Conference Center • Room: RAST B

  • Cheryl L. Mason, San Diego State University Professor of Biology and Science Education
  • April Nelms, Science Education, University of Alabama

At the end of each Conference Strand session, participants will summarize the discussion with a One-Minute Paper, a written response on the Conference Wiki. This Wiki can be accessed from the http://nseus.org website. Your One-Minute Paper should answer the following question: “Reflecting on the previous discussion, what promising research-based practice would you identify?”  Describe the promising practice, related implications, target audience, and context in which the practice is best suited.  Two Wiki questions during the concluding part of the conference will differ.

Strand 1

9:45 AM – 12:15 PM How does faculty professional development influence thinking about practice as evidenced in instructors’ descriptions of curricular priorities, lesson planning, and pedagogical decision-making?

9:45 – 10:15 AM Keynote Speaker: Bryant Conference Center • Room: RAST B

Gerald H. Krockover, Purdue University, Earth and Atmospheric Science Education

Introduction by Dean A. Zollman, Physics, Kansas State University

“Using Action Based Research Teams to Reform Undergraduate Science Courses”

10:15 – 10:30 AM Discussion of Keynote Paper:

Bryant Conference Center • Room: RAST B

Moderator: Dean A. Zollman, Physics, Kansas State University

10:30 – 10:45 AM Break

10:45 – 10:55 AM NASA/NOVA Faculty Professional Development Program Overview:

Bryant Conference Center • Room: RAST B

Dennis W. Sunal, Science Education, University of Alabama – Faculty Professional Development Model: Factors that Sustain Reform

10:55 AM – Noon Panel – National Study of Education in Undergraduate Science (NSEUS):

Bryant Conference Center • Room: RAST B

Ericka Steele, Science Education, University of Alabama – Investigating Reform and Comparison Courses: Faculty and Students’ Short-Term Impacts

Donna P. Turner, Science Education, University of Alabama – Investigating Reform and Comparison Courses: Faculty and Students’ Long-Term Impacts

Mojgan Matloob-Haghanikar, Physics, Kansas State University – Investigating Reform and Comparison Courses: Science Content Assessment

Corinne H. Lardy, Science Education and Biology, San Diego State University – Investigating Reform and Comparison Courses: Long-Term Impact on Elementary Teachers’ Self-Efficacy

John A. Dantzler, Education Research, University of Alabama at Birmingham – Investigating Reform and Comparison Courses: Research Methodologies

Cheryl L. Mason, Biology and Science Education, San Diego State University – Investigating Reform in Undergraduate Science: Lessons Learned

Moderator: Cynthia Szymanski Sunal, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Alabama

12:00 – 12:15 PM Discussion of Panel Presentations and One-Minute Wiki Response:

Bryant Conference Center • Room: RAST B

Moderator: Michael Odell, East Texas Science and Mathematics Center, University of Texas at Tyler

12:15 – 1:15 PM Lunch will be provided: Bryant Conference Center • Room: RAST A

Strand 2

1:15 – 4:55 PM Strand 2: How do science course characteristics – learning environments, course structure, pedagogical content knowledge, and collaboration – differ between reform and comparison courses and how does this relate to the learning outcomes of students?

1:15 – 1:20 PM Overview of Afternoon Agenda: Bryant Conference Center • Room: RAST B

Sytil K. Murphy, Physics, Kansas State University

1:20 – 1:50 PM Keynote Speaker: Bryant Conference Center • Room: RAST B

George E. DeBoer, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Deputy Director: Project 2061

Introduction by Donna P. Turner, Science Education, University of Alabama

“The Role of K-12 Science Content Standards in Undergraduate Science Course Reform”

1:50 – 2:05 PM Discussion of Keynote Paper:

Bryant Conference Center • Room: RAST B

Moderator: Donna P. Turner, Science Education, University of Alabama

2:20 – 3:05 PM Interactive Paper Breakout Sessions - Faculty Professional Development and

Reform

Breakout Session A: Bryant Conference Center • Room: Wilson (2nd Floor)

J. W. Harrell and Stan Jones, Physics and Astronomy, University of Alabama - Introductory Physics Course Reform at UA – current status and lessons learned

Edward D. Walton, Chemistry, California Polytechnic State University – Pomona – Implementing STEM Program Redesign Innovations University-Wide

Moderator: Diane Markoff, Physics, North Carolina Central State University

Breakout Session B: Bryant Conference Center • Room: Lackey (2nd Floor)

Mike Odell, Teresa Kennedy, University of Texas at Tyler and Jason Abbitt, Miami University of Ohio – Aligning the P-16 Curriculum to Improve Science Teacher Preparation

Danielle L. Ford, Deborah Allen, Zoubeida Dagher, and Richard Donham, University of Delaware; Steve Fifield, Franklin Institute; John A. Madsen, and Harry L. Shipman, University of Delaware – Reforming Science and Science Education Courses for K-8 Preservice Teachers: The University of Delaware Teacher Professional Continuum Project

Moderator: Steven Wagner, Biology, Steven F. Austin State University, TX

3:15 – 3:30 PM Reports from Group Breakout Sessions:

Bryant Conference Center • Room: RAST B

Moderator: Emmett L. Wright, Science Education, Kansas State University

3:30 – 3:45 PM Break

3:45 – 4:30 PM Interactive Paper Breakout Sessions – Interventions to Accomplish Reform

Breakout Session A: Bryant Conference Center • Room: Wilson (2nd Floor)

Deborah Pomeroy, Science Education, Arcadia University, VT - Impact of NSF Math Science Partnership Work on Higher Education Faculty

Deborah Barry and Sharon Dodger, Geology Department, Syracuse University, NY - Enhancing Content Knowledge in Graduate Teaching Assistants through Lesson Study

Moderator: Sytil K. Murphy, Physics, Kansas State University

Breakout Session B: Bryant Conference Center • Room: Lackey (2nd Floor)

Steven Wagner, Biology, Steven F. Austin State University, TXConnecting Undergraduates to the Work of Minority Scientists

Barbara Burke, Chemistry, California Polytechnic State University – Pomona; Dennis W. Sunal, Science Education, and Cynthia Szymanski Sunal, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Alabama - A Framework to Support Undergraduate Women in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Computer Science at a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI)

Moderator: Dianne Robinson, Interdisciplinary Science Center, Hampton University

Breakout Session C: Bryant Conference Center • Room: RAST B

Sarah Tanya Heaston, Biological Sciences, and Beverly A. Marcum, Biological Sciences, California State University, Chico – Early Teaching Experience in an Integrated Science Class: Effect on Attitude and Understanding of Science

Judy Puncochar, Mitchell Klett, and Brianna Jones, Science Education, Northern Michigan University – Documenting and Benchmarking Outcomes Assessment in Science Content and Scientific Inquiry

Moderator – April Nelms, Science Education, University of Alabama

4:40 – 4:55 PM Reports from Group Breakout Sessions and One-Minute Wiki Response:

Bryant Conference Center • Room: RAST B

Moderator: Gerald H. Krockover, Earth and Atmospheric Science Education, Purdue University

4:55 – 5:00 PM Closing Comments for Day 1: Bryant Conference Center • Room: RAST B

Make certain that you have signed up for restaurant groups at the registration table.

6:10 PM Dinner groups will meet in the lobby of the Hotel Capstone

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

8:00 – 9:00 AM Registration and Full Breakfast: Bryant Conference Center • Room: RAST A

9:00 – 9:05 AM Overview of the Day: Bryant Conference Center • Room: RAST B

Cynthia Szymanski Sunal, University of Alabama, Department of Curriculum and Instruction

9:05 – 9:10 AM Welcome: Bryant Conference Center • Room: RAST A

Luoheng Han, Associate Dean, University of Alabama, Arts and Sciences

Strand 3

9:10 AM – 1:55 PM Strand 3: How do we select appropriate instructional strategies to increase the level of undergraduate science course reform?

9:10 – 9:40 AM Keynote Speaker: Bryant Conference Center • Room: RAST B

Alan J. McCormack, Immediate Past-President, National Science Teachers Association

Introduction by Corinne H. Lardy, Science Education and Biology, San Diego State University

“Developing Imagination: A Key Ingredient at All Levels of Curriculum Reform”

9:40 – 9:55 AM Discussion of Keynote Paper:

Bryant Conference Center • Room: RAST B

Moderator: Corinne H. Lardy, Science Education and Biology, San Diego State University

9:55 – 10:10 AM Break

10:15 – 11:00 AM Interactive Paper Breakout Sessions – Strategies Distinguishing Reform Courses

Breakout Session A: Bryant Conference Center • Room: Wilson (2nd Floor)

Sally Haskins, David Lopatto, & Leslie M. Stevens, Biology, City College of the City, University of New York, NY- The C.R.E.A.T.E Approach to Primary Literature Transforms Students’ Understanding of Research and Promotes Maturation of Epistemological Beliefs

Phyllis Griffard, Tayseer Mosleh, & Saad Kubba, Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar – Developing the Inner Scientist: Book Club Participation and Epistemological Growth

Moderator – Mitch Klett, Science Education, Northern Michigan State University

Breakout Session B: Bryant Conference Center • Room: Lackey (2nd Floor)

Hrepic Zdeslav, Columbus State University, GA - Gauging instructional effectiveness of open policy for wireless computers in classrooms

Gene Byrd, Physics and Astronomy Department, University of Alabama, - Cooperative Quizzes and the Classroom Performance System in Introductory Astronomy and Physics: An Update

Moderator: Cheryl Sundberg, Science Education, University of Alabama

11:15 – 11:30 AM Reports from Group Breakout Sessions: Bryant Conference Center • Room:RAST B

Moderators: Dorothy Coleman, Fifth Grade Teacher, Junction City, Kansas Schools and Sami Kinsey, Curriculum Director, Del Valle Intermediate School District, TX

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Lunch will be provided: Bryant Conference Center • Room: RAST A

12:30 – 1:15 PM Interactive Paper Breakout Sessions – Using Inquiry Strategies

Breakout Session A: Bryant Conference Center • Room: Wilson (2nd Floor)

Christy MacKinnon, Jessica Hernandez, and Frank Torralva; Biological Sciences, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, TX – Implementation of Genomics Research in an Undergraduate Course

Ericka Steele and Donna Turner, Science Education, University of Alabama - Issues Associated with non-Traditional Instruction in Undergraduate Science Course Contexts: An Open Discussion Forum

Moderator: Ericka Steele, Science Education, University of Alabama

Breakout Session B: Bryant Conference Center • Room: Lackey (2nd Floor)

Diane M. Markoff, Physics, North Carolina Central University- Teaching Physical Science by Inquiry – Real Students and Real Classrooms

Ozcan Gulacar, Texas State University-San Marcos – Pieces or Linking? – Investigating Undergraduate Students’ Performance in Solving Chemistry (Stoichiometry) Problems

Moderator: Ed Walton, Chemistry, California Polytechnic University – Pomona

1:30 – 1:45 PM Reports from Group Breakout Sessions and One-Minute Wiki Response: Bryant Conference Center • Room: RAST B

Moderator: Sytil K. Murphy, Physics, Kansas State University

Strand 4

1:45 – 2:45 PM Conference Conclusions: Research on Reform in Undergraduate Entry-Level Science Coursework: Working Session 1

Working Session 1 – Lessons Learned: Bryant Conference Center • Room: RAST B

Introduction and Instructions: Dennis W. Sunal, Science Education, University of Alabama

This session will focus on developing summary response to three questions. A Wiki will be used to enable participant interaction on the construction of initial conference conclusions.

1)     What do we know about teaching undergraduate?

2)     What are the research issues in evaluating undergraduate science?

3)     What professional development of faculty is needed for research to make an impact on reform of undergraduate science course practices?

2:00 – 2:45 PM Interactive Breakout Sessions- attend the session you signed up for earlier

Group 1: Bryant Conference Center • Room: RAST B

(1)   What do we know about teaching undergraduate science?

  • What works? (e.g. assessment, collaborative learning, inquiry strategies, technology, diversity, curriculum content and sequencing)
  • What components can be transferred among scientific disciplines?
  • What is the research base?

Moderator, Question 1: Dean A. Zollman, Physics, Kansas State University

Group 2: Bryant Conference Center • Room: Wilson (2nd Floor)

(2)   What are the research issues in evaluating undergraduate science?

  • What are the major priorities?
  • What are critical research areas?
  • What are methodological concerns?

Moderator, Question 2: John Dantzler, Education Research, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Group 3: Bryant Conference Center • Room: Lackey (2nd Floor)

(3)   What professional development of faculty is needed for research to make an impact on reform of undergraduate science course practices?

  • What should be developed?
  • What are successful contexts for reform?
  • How does one conduct successful reform?
  • How does one measure successful reform?

Moderator, Question 3: Michael Odell, East Texas Science and Mathematics Center, University of Texas at Tyler

2:45– 3:00 PM Break

3:00 – 3:45 PM Presentation and Discussion of Working Session 1 Group Conclusions and One-Minute Wiki Response: Bryant Conference Center • Room: RAST B

Moderators: Dean A. Zollman, Physics, Kansas State University; John Dantzler, Education Research, University of Alabama at Birmingham; and Michael Odell, East Texas Science and Mathematics Center, University of Texas at Tyler

Strand 5

3:45 – 4:45 PM Conference Conclusions: Research on Reform in Undergraduate Entry-Level Science Coursework: Working Session 2

Working Session 2 – Development of a Research Agenda and Action Plan: Bryant Conference Center • Room: RAST B

This session will focus on developing a research agenda. The outcome of this conference discussion will be the identification of collaborative groups of higher education faculty whose intent is to develop and seek funding regarding research on reform of undergraduate entry-level science coursework. Wikis will be used to enable participant interaction on the construction of initial conference papers.

(1) Development of an action plan describing future development of the research agenda, along with ascertaining commitments of researchers (including research area, timeline, and initial project plan).

(2) Establishment of online research groups across higher education institutions to implement specific research agendas at their home institutions.

(3) National dissemination of the priorities, research agenda, action plans, and conference proceedings via multiple venues.

(4) Funding opportunities for collaboration in research on undergraduate science – NSF Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology (TUES).

Moderators: Cynthia Szymanski Sunal, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Alabama and Cheryl L. Mason, Biology and Science Education, San Diego State University

4:45 – 5:00 PM Closing Comments and One-Minute Wiki Response: Bryant Conference Center • Room: RAST B

Moderator:  Dennis W. Sunal, Science Education, University of Alabama

  • Articulation of the next steps
  • Discussion regarding dissemination through a volume in the Research in Science Education series

6:30 – 8:30 PM Wrap-Up Dinner: Hotel Capstone

Participants are encouraged to sit with the online research group to which they initially committed.

The night’s dinner entertainment will be presented by

Alan J. McCormack, Immediate Past-president, National Science Teachers Association

Title: “Science is Magical”

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Information regarding the conference, WIKI discussions, and full presentation papers is available on the NSEUS web site http://nseus.org.

Conference committee co-chairs: Dennis W. Sunal, University of Alabama, dwsunal@bama.ua.edu; Cynthia Szymanski Sunal, University of Alabama, cvsunal@bamaed.ua.edu; Cheryl L. Mason, San Diego State University, cmason@mail.sdsu.edu; and Dean A. Zollman, Kansas State University, dzollman@ksu.edu

*The Conference is funded under the National Science Foundation Grant TPC0554594. The project focuses on an examination of the teaching and learning of undergraduate science in the United States and the subsequent impact on students. Opinions expressed in conference reports and discussions are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Science Foundation.

For specific information on NSEUS, contact:

Project Senior Personnel

Dennis W. Sunal
NSF Project PI, University of Alabama,
Ph: (O) 205-348-7010 (personel cell: 205-826-7263) Fax: 205-348-9863
Email: dwsunal@bama.ua.edu

Cynthia S. Sunal
NSF Project UA CO-PI, University of Alabama,
Ph: (O) 205-348-0360 Fax: 205-348-9863
Email: cvsunal@bamaed.ua.edu

Cheryl L. Mason
NSF Project SDSU Co-PI, San Diego State University
Ph: (O) 619-594-1378, FAX: 619-594-7828
Email: cmason@mail.sdsu.edu

Dean Zollman
NSF Project KSU CO-PI, Kansas State University
Ph: (O) 785-532-1619, Fax: 785-532-6806
Email: dzollman@phys.ksu.edu

Project Graduate Research Assistants
Corinne Lardy, Science education, San Diego State University
Mojgan Matloob-Haghanikar, Physics, Kansas State University
Sytil Murphy, Physics, Kansas State University
Erika Steele, Biology and Science education, University of Alabama
Donna Turner, Science education, University of Alabama

NSEUS Advisory Board
Dorothy (Dixie) Coleman, 5th grade elementary teacher, Junction City, KS
Sami Kinsey, Curriculum Coordinator, Del Valle, TX
Gerald H. Krockover Science education research, Purdue University
Changhua Wang, Evaluation and Research, Education Northwest, Center for School, Family, and Community Education Northwest, Portland, Oregon
Sandra Ray, ex oficio, Alabama State Board of Education

Project Consultants
John Dantzler, Research design and statistics Consultant, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Reata Strickland, Technology and Web Design Consultant, University of Alabama
Cheryl Sundberg, Science Education Consultant, University of Alabama