Part I: Knowing About Learning

  • Institutions serving student learning:

    • have goals for student learning that shape policies, practices and programs campus-wide

    • recognize that students persist and succeed with they are engaged in ‘doing science’ within a community and thus provide adequate resources for such a community

    • establish formal opportunities for continuing dialogue on ‘knowing about learning’

    • recognize and reward those responsible for student successes in the study of STEM

    • take findings from cognitive science and from the work of leading agents of change into account as new approaches are considered, implemented and assessed.

  • Departments and programs serving student learning have a collective understanding of:

    • institutional goals for student learning

    • the current nature of their discipline/field and of what their students should learn

    • how to teach the essential concepts of the discipline/field

    • a variety of pedagogical approaches and of means to assess their impact on student learning

    • the backgrounds and academic preparation, learning styles and career aspirations of potential and current students, and understand how the scope and sequence of departmental offerings serves their students.

  • Faculty serving student learning:

    • share their passion for doing science

    • take personal responsibility for the quality of learning of students in their classroom and lab.

  • Connections that serve student learning:

    • bring outstanding elementary and secondary teachers systematically into on-campus discussions

    • link colleagues within and beyond the campus with expertise and interest in knowing about learning

    • build an understanding about the impact of science and technology on society.

  • Spaces that serve student learning:

    • reflect institutional goals for student learning

    • facilitate a wide range of student learning styles and pedagogical approaches

    • foster learning communities>

    • make the doing of science a visibly human activity.