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Center for Education, National Academy of Sciences:

Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning, University of Wisconsin:

Center for Science and Mathematics Teaching, Tufts University:

Charles A. Dana Center, College of Natural Sciences, University of Texas at Austin:

Coalition for Science Literacy, University of South Florida:

National Institute for Science Education, University of Wisconsin, Madison:

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society:
2002 Forum: Changing the Face of Science and Engineering:


The American Physiological Society, Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowships:

Coalition for Education in the Life Sciences (CELS), University of Wisconsin, Madison:

Center for Biology Education (CBE), University of Wisconsin, Madison:

The Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education (JUNE):
A publication of Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience, this online journal provides peer-reviewed reports of innovations in undergraduate neuroscience education.


The Workshop Chemistry Project: Peer-Led Team Learning:
Modules are also being developed in Biology, Mathematics and Physics.

Research Site for Educators in Chemistry at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities:
THE RSEC is a National Science Foundation-funded initiative designed to foster new and meaningful scientific interactions between a large, Ph.D. - granting chemistry department and the departments of 20 -25 primarily undergraduate institutions. RSEC activities are organized around four interdisciplinary clusters: Chemical Biology; Computational Chemistry; Environmental Chemistry; and Materials Chemistry.


Center for Engineering Learning and Teaching, University of Washington

Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education:


Project NExT, "New Experiences in Teaching"
Workshops and national conferences on "learning-centered teaching" for new math Ph.Ds in their first or second year of college-level teaching, sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America and the Exxon Education Foundation. Contact: T. Christine Stevens, Dept. of Mathematics & Computer Science, Saint Louis University, 221 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis MO 63103,


Workshops for New Physics and Astronomy Faculty, American Association of Physics Teachers
National teaching enhancement workshops and conference follow-up programs for recently hired physics and astronomy faculty, sponsored by the American Association of Physics Teachers, the American Physical Society, and the American Astronomical Society and supported by the National Science Foundation. Contact: Ken Krane, Department of Physics, Oregon State University, 301 Weniger Hall, Corvallis OR 97331,

ConcepTests, Project Galileo, Harvard University

Inquiry-Based Learning

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Edgerton Center:

University of Colorado, Discovery Learning Initiative, College of Engineering:

University of Delaware, PBL: Problem-Based Learning
PBL at Delaware plus links to many other PBL sites:
PBL Clearinghouse: peer-reviewed problems and articles:

SUNY Buffalo, Case Studies in Science

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Inquiry-Based Courses:
Burch Field Research Seminars:

University of Texas at Austin, Discovery Learning Project
Campus Discovery Learning Center:

Eric Mazur and Active Learning at Harvard:


Government Reports and Hearings

Report of the National Science Board, December 2002:
"Science and Engineering Infrastructure for the 21st Century: The Role of the National Science Foundation"
Of special note is Recommendation 3: Expand education and training opportunities at new and existing research facilities: "Investment in S&E infrastructure is critical to developing a 21st century S&E workforce. Educating people to understand how S&E instruments and facilities work and how they uniquely contribute to knowledge in the targeted discipline is critical. Training and outreach activities should be a vital element of all major research facility programs. This outreach should span communities from existing researchers who may become new users, to undergraduate and graduate students who may design and use future instruments, to kindergarten through grade twelve (K-12) children, who may become motivated to become scientists and engineers. There are also opportunities to expand public access to National S&E facilities though high-speed networks and special outreach activities." (p. 34)

National Science Foundation Authorization Act of 2002:

Hearing Proceedings, March 7, 2002:
U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Science, "Meeting the Demands of the Knowledge Based Economy: Strengthening Undergraduate Science, Mathematics and Engineering Education"
Click on Research Subcommittee Hearings under Hearings for 107th Congress 2nd Session for the full hearing text.

The Science and Engineering Workforce, Realizing America's Potential; Executive Summary (Aug. 2003), National Science Board, National Science Foundation.

The Twentieth Annual Report of the National Science Foundation, 1970. Science Education Support. (NSF 71-1).

Other Articles

Beyond Bio 101: The Transformation of Undergraduate Biology Education, A report from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Black, H. (2003). "Needs improvement." The Scientist, August 19 4(1): 20030819-01. Website:

Center for the Advancement of Scholarship on Engineering Education, Reports prepared by the National Academies, NSF, ASEE, ABET and others.

Cialdini, R.B. (2000) Influence: Science and Practice, 4th Edition. New Jersey: Allyn & Bacon.

"Do We Need More Scientists?" The Public Interest (2003), Fall, Issue 53, Teitelbaum, Michael S.

Duch, B., Groh, S., and Allan, D.E. (Eds.), Stylus Publishing (2001). The Power of Problem-Based Learning: A Practical "How-to" for Teaching Undergraduate Courses in Any Discipline. (Reviewed in The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 3, 2001).

Duit, R., and Treagust, D.F. (2003) "Conceptual Change: A Powerful Framework for Improving Science Teaching and Learning." International Journal of Science Education, 25(6), 671-688.

Gollub, J.P., Bertenthal, M.W., Labov, J.B., and Curtis, P.C. (Eds.). (2002) Learning and Understanding: Improving Advanced Study of Mathematics and Science in U.S. High Schools. Washington, DC: National Academy Press.

Hewson, P.W. (1996) Teaching for Conceptual Change. In D. F. Treagust, R. Duit & B. J. Fraser (Eds.), Improving Teaching and Learning in Science and Mathematics (pp. 131-140). New York: Teachers College Press.

Jacobs, D. (2000). "A Chemical Mixture of Methods." Opening Lines: Approaches to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Ed. Pat Hutchings. Menlo Park, CA: The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Learning for the Future: Changing the Culture of Math and Scinece Education to Ensure a Competitive Workforce, Executive Summary (2003), Committee for Economic Development.

Mierson, S. and Parikh, A. A. (2000). "Stories From the Field: Problem-Based Learning from a Teacher's and a Student's Perspective." Change, January/February 2000, 21-27.

National Research Council. (2003). Evaluating and Improving Undergraduate Teaching in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Committee on Recognizing, Evaluating, Rewarding, and Developing Excellence in Teaching of Undergraduate Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology, M.A. Fox and N. Hackerman, Editors. Center for Education, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. Website:

"Penn State Course Teaches Engineering Success Based on Catastrophic Failure." (2001). The Chronicle of Higher Education (47: 41), June 22, 2001, A10. (Accessed online at

Posner, G.J., Strike, K.A., Hewson, P.W., and Gertzog, W.A. (1982) Accommodation of a Scientific Conception: Toward a Theory of Conceptual Change. Science Education, 66(2), 211-227.

Preparing for the 21st Century: The Education Imperative. National Research Council (1997), National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, National Research Council.

Redish, E.F. (2003) Teaching Physics: With the Physics Suite. Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley.

Redish, E.F., Saul, J.M., and Steinberg, R.N. (1998) Student Expectations in Introductory Physics. American Journal of Physics, 66, 212-224.

Reis, R.M. (1997). Tomorrow's Professor: Preparing for Academic Careers in Science and Engineering. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Press (NY). ISBN 0-7803-1136-1. Copyright Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Splitt, F. (2002). "Enginnering Education Reform: A Trilogy: Environmentally Smart Engineering Education: A Brief on a Paradigm in Progress; The Challenge to Change: On Realizing the New Paradigm for Engineering Education; Engineering Education Reform: A Path Forward." International Engineering Consortium,

Stearns, Tim. "Science education in the US: Training the next generation," Reinvention Center Conference (Nov. 2006):

Supply without Demand, Donald Kennedy, Jim Austin, Kirstie Urquhart, Crispin Taylor. (2004) Science. 303: 1105.

Technology Literarcy: What and Why? (1999), George Bugliarello. NAE/CSMEE.

Tobias, S. (1991). They’re Not Dumb, They’re Different: Stalking the Second Tier, American Journal of Physics, Volume 59, pp. 1155-1157

Leshner, Alan L. "U.S. Science Dominance is the Wrong Issue." (2004) Science. 306: 197.

Guess, Andy. Research for Undergrads, 'Early and Often'.

Web Sites and Survey Courses

Dyann Schmidel’s interactive educational websites designs, develops, and hosts easily-updateable database-driven websites for K-12 school districts.

The MERLOT: A free and open resource designed primarily for faculty and students of higher education. Links to online learning materials are collected here along with annotations such as peer reviews and assignments:

The PACT Center, Carnegie Mellon University: This site provides information about the Center’s goals, research activities, and links to sites with detailed explanations of these projects. The site also provides an extensive list of publications on tutor development and pedagogy research, cognitive tutor evaluation and implication, and other relevant PACT publications.

This site is through Clemson University and represents an undergraduate, multi-university research colloquium designed to support undergraduate research projects in the natural/life sciences.

Six-Star Science The American Physiological Society offers a community archive of "learning objects," or instructional materials, for teaching science to K-12 students and physiology to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The site also solicits contributions, which are reviewed by a committee before inclusion on the archive.

Cyberinfrastructure Training, Education, Advancement, and Mentoring for Our 21st Century Workforce (CI-TEAM)

Exemplary Programs and Practices

MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science, and Achievement) homepage. A California-based program that works with disadvantaged students to excel in and graduate with degrees in math and science:

The Pre-Grad program, Stanford University: Offers undergraduates the opportunity to learn more about and prepare for a research career.

Course and Curricular Innovation

Origins of ORDER” (On Recent Discoveries by Emory Researchers): A Freshman Seminar at Emory University in which students learn about cutting edge scientific research going on in laboratories at the university:;;


The National Science Foundation-Research Experience for Undergraduates program (NSF-REU) provides opportunities for students interested in research projects and for faculty interested in obtaining support for undergraduate research students through either an REU Supplement or REU Site proposal.

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