3/2/10 Professor of Psychology David Lopatto recently published research-based evidence about the value of undergraduate research in students' personal and professional growth. The published research supports the importance of exposing students to “thinking and working like scientists,” which science and policy experts have identified as a competitive need for the U.S. His book, "Science in Solution: the Impact of Undergraduate Research on Student Learning," examines the effectiveness of engaging students in active research early in their academic careers, instead of waiting for graduate school. Published online (PDF) by the Research Corporation.
2/2/10 "A Kaleidoscope of Perspectives on Student Learning Goals and Assessment in STEM." Jim Swartz is noted in this blog entry from the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Annual Meeting.
To promote and support better student learning in science and mathematics through inquiry-based engaged learning strategies. The Center for Science in the Liberal Arts supports efforts both internal to Grinnell College and externally engaging national leaders in these efforts.
- Assessment of student learning in undergraduate science
- Increasing the number and success of members of groups traditionally under-represented in science
- Promoting inquiry-based learning in STEM as a pathway to excellent learning for citizens, learners and scientists
- Helping students make connections
- Developing new interdisciplinary courses