Discipline-Based Education Research Group


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Conference Proceeding


Presented to UNL Discipline-Based Education Research Group, 11/29/2012.


Copyright (c) 2012 Stacey Lowery Bretz


The National Science Foundation has funded a synthesis study on the status, contributions, and future direction of discipline‐based education research (DBER) in physics, biological sciences, geosciences, and chemistry. DBER combines knowledge of teaching and learning with deep knowledge of disciplinespecific science content. It describes the discipline‐specific difficulties learners face and the specialized intellectual and instructional resources that can facilitate student understanding. The committee was charged to investigate questions essential to advancing DBER and broadening its impact on undergraduate science teaching and learning, synthesize empirical research on undergraduate teaching and learning in the science, explore the extent to which this research currently influences undergraduate instruction, and identify the intellectual and material resources required to further develop DBER. Dr. Stacey Lowery Bretz, the Volwiler Distinguished Research Professor of Chemistry at Miami University, Ohio, who was selected by the National Academy of Sciences to be one of the 15 members for this Committee, will present the consensus report and its guidance for future DBER research.

The report can be accessed and downloaded for free at: http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13362