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Alain Schremmer

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Re: The NRC Finally Comes to Its Senses on Improving STEM Education
Posted: Sep 19, 2013 2:29 PM
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On Sep 19, 2013, at 11:54 AM, Richard Hake wrote:

> Some subscribers to MathEdCC might be interested in a recent post
> "The NRC Finally Comes to Its Senses on Improving STEM Education."
> The abstract reads:
> ***************************************
> ABSTRACT: Kevin Kiley (2013) in his "Inside Higher Ed" review <http://bit.ly/1bri3GP

> > of Robert Zemsky's (2013) "Checklist for Change" <http://bit.ly/188VYrx
> > reports that in an interview Zemsky said that (a) among the

> questions his book answers is "Why haven?t we changed?" and (b) a
> major impediment to change is "a disengaged faculty resistant to
> change."
> As I indicated in a previous comment [Hake (2013) <http://bit.ly/1a189YT

> > ] on Zemsky's book, I've noticed Zemsky's derogation of faculty
> before. In "NRC's CUSE: Stranded on Assessless Island?" [Hake
> (2013)] at <http://bit.ly/184OVC4> ] I stated that Zemsky had
> "missed the boat with respect to the potential reform of
> undergraduate education through education research by disciplinary
> experts as monitored by rigorous pre/post testing [being] in the
> good company of CUSE (Committee on Undergraduate Education) [McCray,
> et al. (2003) at <http://bit.ly/y6cFAG> ], and its workshop
> participants."
> IMPROVING STEM EDUCATION. I'm too modest to mention that on p. 35 of
> "Adapting to a Changing World - Challenges and Opportunities in
> Undergraduate Physics Education" [NRC (2013) at <http://bit.ly/
> 126os6j> ] it's stated:
> "Hake?s (1998a) seminal report <http://bit.ly/9484DG> on the
> effectiveness of interactive engagement methods remains an important
> contribution to undergraduate physics education. The article
> presents results from the Mechanics Diagnostic (MD) [Halloun &
> Hestenes (1985) at <http://bit.ly/fDdJHm>] and the Force Concept
> Inventory (FCI) [Hestenes et al. (1992) at <http://bit.ly/foWmEb>],
> given before and after instruction on Newtonian mechanics in a
> variety of courses taught using different approaches. . . . . . .
> the conclusion, that more effective instructional approaches involve
> active learning, has been supported by many other studies using
> different methodology [Meltzer and Thornton (2012) at <http://bit.ly/O35gtB

> >] and Hoellwarth et al. (2005) at <http://bit.ly/156hHhF>.].
> **************************************************

All well and good but what do you do with students absolutely and
totally convinced that learning = memorizing and therefore that
teaching = showing?

Interested regards

> To access the complete 53 kB post please click on <http://bit.ly/154M5yf
> >.
> Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University;
> Links to: Articles <http://bit.ly/a6M5y0>; Socratic Dialogue
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> >; Blog <http://bit.ly/9yGsXh>; GooglePlus <http://bit.ly/KwZ6mE>;
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> >.
> "There is substantial evidence that scientific teaching in the
> sciences, i.e., teaching that employs instructional strategies that
> encourage undergraduates to become actively engaged in their own
> learning, can produce levels of understanding, retention and
> transfer of knowledge that are greater than those resulting from
> traditional lecture/lab classes. But widespread acceptance by
> university faculty of new pedagogies and curricular materials still
> lies in the future." - Robert DeHaan (2005)
> REFERENCES [URL shortened by <http://bit.ly/> and accessed on 19
> Sept. 2013.]
> DeHaan, R.L. 2005. "The Impending Revolution in Undergraduate
> Science Education," Journal of Science Education and Technology
> 14(2): 253-269; online as a 152 kB pdf at <http://bit.ly/ncAuQa>.
> Hake, R.R. 2013. "The NRC Finally Comes to Its Senses on Improving
> STEM Education," online on the OPEN! AERA-L archives at <http://bit.ly/154M5yf

> >. Post of 18 Sep 2013 20:19:57 -0400 to AERA-L and Net-Gold. The
> abstract and link to the complete post are being transmitted to
> various discussion lists and also on my blog "Hake'sEdStuff" at <http://bit.ly/19hfX6n

> > with a provision for comments.

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