Plenary IV:
Developing capacity for research on learning in science departments

Linking Insights about How People Learn to Curricular Reform
The 2003 PKAL Assemblies
What Works - What Matters - What Lasts: The Roles and Responsibilities of Leaders in Undergraduate STEM

University of Richmond, Virginia
October 30 - November 1, 2003

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Plenary IV:
Developing capacity for research on learning in science departments

Abstract:
This plenary, also to be followed by a breakout session, will focus on the steps that can be taken to create an environment in which research on learning is welcomed in a science department, and on the steps necessary for a researcher in a basic science, math or engineering topic to carry out professional level research in education. An effective approach might be personal/historical. A speaker could talk of her/his path toward education research, including the motivations, and the stumbling blocks, and how they were overcome. The speaker is of course, free to choose her/his approach to addressing this subject, but it should include enough concrete examples of what works to act as a starting point for the breakout sessions that follow, in which participants will be enjoined to create a plan to either make their departments more receptive to education research, or to develop capacity to carry it out.