PKAL Volume IV: What Works, What Matters, What Lasts

A PKAL Portfolio: STEM Student Learning Goals

October 24, 2007

This is the first of a monthly series of PKAL Volume IV postings on STEM Student Learning Goals (SLGs). Postings will explore the diverse ways that attention to student learning goals affects institutional planning at all levels. These postings build from and extend recent discussions within PKAL on this topic. They will include theoretical analyses of pedagogies of engagement and institutional change. Stories and interviews from campuses that provide practical examples of how curricula, pedagogies, and spaces can be shaped to reflect student learning will be an integral part of the postings.

In early 2008, particular attention will be given to examining evidence of the efficacy of pedagogies of engagement, as a part of PKAL’s new NSF-funded PKAL STEM Faculty Development (FD) project. Your contributions are invited. If you and your colleagues have deep evidence of the efficacy of particular pedagogies in serving particular student learning goals, please be in touch ( The PKAL FD working groups will be assisting in developing these postings.

Postings on STEM student learning goals:

October 2007:

November 2007:

  • Exploring "critical thinking" as a goal for student learning

December 2007:

  • Perspectives of disciplinary and professional societies on student learning goals in STEM fields

January 2008:

  • Perspectives of assessment pioneers on student learning goals in STEM fields

February 2008:

  • To be announced...