Lessons Learned by Leading Researchers in Science and Education | Conceptual Framework


Creating an Integrated Science Learning Environment, Dr. Rebekah Nix

Course Overview

I’ll continue this introductory lesson by relating some of what my research in science education is about: using information technology to create an Integrated Science Learning Environment (ISLE).

Venn diagram showing overlapof technology, education, and science to create ISLE

Then, we’ll hear three stories told by globally-recognized leaders that are as relevant today as they were ‘live’ at the conference center! First, Dr. Barry Fraser will summarize key milestones in the field of learning environment research. Next, Dr. Russell Hulse will share the story of his impactful discovery in the area of physics, specifically pulsar astronomy. Finally, Dr. Alan MacDiarmid will enthusiastically explain how his discovery of synthetic metals influenced his work in organic chemistry.

We’ll conclude by returning to the ISLE program design to see how all of these 'lessons learned' might play into a comprehensive evaluation.

It’s hard for me to believe that I’ve had the privilege of working alongside each of these ‘giants’ - and others. It’s impossible for me not to want to try to share even a small bit of the inspiration that they have shared so freely. That’s what real educators do: they seek out the passion within their student(s) and help them to find ways to leverage that unique talent. The seminar lessons (weeks 2-7) are set up in 2-week units to allow time for you to consider the intricate details of your particular experience and circumstances and to reflect on ways that you can apply these lessons learned as you discover new approaches to research in science and education.

So, by the end of this course, as you move toward joining these ranks, you are expected to be able to:

  • understand and evaluate the pedagogical soundness of original and alternative pathways for integrating science content,
  • recognize and justify strategies for improving educational practice within your individual area of expertise, and
  • contribute to the science education community by sharing ideas for enhancing teaching and learning.

Let’s quickly go over how this short semester will unfold…

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