Interested parties are invited to attend the MI-AMTE "Conversations among Colleagues" conference to be held on March 18, 2017 at Michigan State University in Erickson Hall. This year's conference theme is Developing Systems to Face the Challenges of Today and Tomorrow. Building on the past traditions of Conversations among Colleagues, the format of the 2017 MI-AMTE conference consists of invited plenary sessions, participant working groups, and solicited talks that focus on the conference theme.
This is a reminder of the upcoming CREATE for STEM Post-doc talk & reading group meeting – Mon, March 13th, 4:00-5:30 pm at the CREATE conference room.
The meeting will start with a presentation by Samuel Severance, post-doc in Joe’s group. After 30-45 minutes, those who have to time to stay will continue with a reading suggested by Joe – it’s about the “how to” of design research (Sandoval 2014, see below).
Please prepare a question for discussing the reading!
The focus of this presentation is to examine the effect legitimate experiences such as those found in undergraduate research or the PHYS 170 laboratory here at MSU have on a student’s views of doing physics and their place within their physics and science related communities of practice. The presentation will make a case for why it is important to offer the opportunity for students to obtain a greater amount of legitimate experiences during their undergraduate science careers.
Title: Is biology education evolving? Critiquing three cases of high school and undergraduate biology education reform
Abstract: Questions are at the heart of biological inquiry. The discipline is shaped by an endless variety of avenues for investigation and an equally diverse and creative set of methods that help justify claims about the living world. Yet, biology as taught in schools rarely reflects the structure of the discipline as carried out at the bench or in the field. This talk will compare the affordances and constraints of three cases of reform in biological education across high school and undergraduate contexts.
Title: That’s Beautiful! Aesthetics and Science Education
Abstract: One of the central roles of science education is to cause students to fall in love, and therefore become interested and engaged in science. Gallagher (1997) wrote “We become what we love. Our destiny is in our desires, yet what we seek to possess soon comes to possess us in thought, feeling, and action. That is why the ancient Greeks made the education of erōs, or passionate desire, the supreme aim of education. They thought it necessary to educate erōs to desire the good” (p xiii).