ED012:
Shifting Paradigms in Undergraduate Earth and Ocean Sciences Education


Session ID#: 28618

Session Description:
Colleges and universities are increasingly seeking to create undergraduate STEM learning programs that are grounded in pedagogical practices emerging from STEM education research (NRC, 2015). Many traditional undergraduate science courses consist primarily of lectures, note taking, reading and problem sets, and student mastery is often assessed using standardized tests that emphasize memorization rather than analytical thinking. Compared to more modern pedagogical practices, these traditional teaching techniques are demonstrably less effective in motivating and retaining students, and in fostering skills required for careers in science and engineering (PCAST, 2012). As a result, there is burgeoning interest in curricula and tools that support more inquiry-based approaches, and better prepare students for the STEM workforce.

This session is aimed at eliciting examples of innovative new approaches to undergraduate instruction that can help expand the community’s collective expertise in preparing future earth and ocean science professionals and STEM literate graduates.  Examples include but are not limited to teaching with data and data visualizations, innovative lab and field experiences, strategies for enhancing large lecture classes and introductory courses, and any other novel instructional practices that hold promise for success.  Examples that include evaluation of the efficacy of the approaches are encouraged.

Primary Chair:  Cheryl L Peach, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, La Jolla, CA, United States
Co-chairs:  Randall E Kochevar, Oceans of Data Institute, Education Development Center, Inc., Waltham, MA, United States and Jan Hodder, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, United States

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Mary Jo Richardson, Texas A&M University College Station, College Station, TX, United States
Wendy E Abshire1, Elizabeth W. Mills1, Douglas A Segar2, Stacy Kish3, Ira W. Geer1, Kira A. Nugnes1 and Kathryn L. O'Neill1, (1)American Meteorological Society, Education Program, Washington, DC, United States, (2)Organization Not Listed, Washington, DC, United States, (3)EarthSpin, United States
Stephanie Schroeder, University of Southern California, Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Alanna Lecher, Lynn University, Natural and Applied Sciences, Boca Raton, FL, United States
Donald R Webster, Georgia Institute of Technology, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Atlanta, GA, United States, Rob S Kadel, Georgia Institute of Technology, Center for 21st Century Universities, Atlanta, GA, United States and Wendy C Newstetter, Georgia Institute of Technology, College of Engineering, Atlanta, GA, United States
Matthew J Oliver, University Of Delaware, Lewes, DE, United States and Jonathan Cohen, University of Delaware, School of Marine Science and Policy, Lewes, DE, United States
Linda Ann Fergusson-Kolmes, Portland Community College, Biology, Portland, OR, United States
Julie E Masura1, Mikelle Nuwer2, Cheryl Lee Greengrove1 and Deborah S Kelley2, (1)University of Washington Tacoma Campus, Tacoma, WA, United States, (2)University of Washington, School of Oceanography, Seattle, WA, United States
Jesse Wilson, University of California, Merced, Environmental Systems, Merced, CA, United States and J Michael Beman, Univ. of California, Merced, Merced, CA, United States
Oscar Schofield1, Scott M Glenn2, Josh T Kohut3, Travis N Miles3, Hugh Roarty3, Grace Saba4 and Janice D McDonnell5, (1)Rutgers University, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, New Brunswick, NJ, United States, (2)Rutgers Univ, New Brunswick, NJ, United States, (3)Rutgers University, Marine and Coastal Sciences, New Brunswick, NJ, United States, (4)Mid-Atlantic Regional Association Coastal Ocean Observing System and Rutgers University, Department of Marine and Coastal Science, New Brunswick, NJ, United States, (5)Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, United States
Charles Sage Lichtenwalner1, Janice D McDonnell2, Kristin I Hunter-thomson2 and Catherine Halversen3, (1)Rutgers University, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, New Brunswick, NJ, United States, (2)Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, United States, (3)University of California Berkeley, Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley, CA, United States
John Alexander Barth, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, United States, Robert Cowen, Oregon State University, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport, OR, United States, Kristen Milligan, Oregon State University, Marine Studies Initiative, Corvallis, OR, United States and Maryann Bozza, Oregon State University, Hatfield Marine Science Center, OR, United States
Jennifer C. Prairie, University of San Diego, Environmental and Ocean Sciences, San Diego, CA, United States and Amanda L Ruiz, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA, United States
Cynthia Venn, Bloomsburg, PA, United States
Deanna L. Bergondo, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Department of Science, New London, CT, United States and Elisha Garcia, US Coast Guard Academy, Department of Engineering, New London, CT, United States
Ardi L Kveven, Organization Not Listed, Everett, WA, United States
Christian E. Buckingham, British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Margaret A. Stoughton1, George Eric Boneillo2 and Jane L Guentzel1, (1)Coastal Carolina University, Marine Science Department, Conway, SC, United States, (2)Coastal Carolina University, Department of Marine Science, Conway, SC, United States
Maxime M Grand, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Oceanography, Honolulu, HI, United States, Victoria Sindorf, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, Honolulu, HI, United States, Margaret Anne McManus, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Oceanography, Honolulu, HI, United States and Michael Guidry, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Global Environmental Science Program, Honolulu, HI, United States
Roman P de Jesus, Fullerton College, Earth Sciences, Fullerton, CA, United States
Marina Halverson, Seattle Central College, Seattle, WA, United States, Ann Murkowski, North Seattle College, Seattle, WA, United States, Fritz Stahr, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, United States and Andrea Anderson, Soundview Evaluation and Research, Seattle, WA, United States
Rachel J Arnold, Northwest Indian College, Bellingham, WA, United States