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University of Michigan-Dearborn

More information on the team

The team includes Dr. Richard Moyer, Professor of Science Education and Professor of Natural Sciences,

Dr. Gail Luera, Associate Professor of Science Education,  

Dr. Chris Burke, Associate Professor of Science Education,

Dr. Susan Everett, Associate Professor of Science Education,

Dr. Charlotte Otto, Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Science Education,

Ms. Judy Nesmith, Lecturer in Biology,

Ms. Patricia Hartshorn, Lecturer in Biology,

Dr. Krisanu Bandyopadhyay, Associate Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Carrie Swift, Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, and

Dr. Paul Zitzewitz, Emeritus Professor of Physics and Professor of Science Education.

The team meets twice monthly to support each other in the implementation of the three inquiry courses. The School of Education supplied an office for the "Inquiry Institute at UM-D." The Deans of the School of Education and College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters supported the program by permitting co-teaching of the inquiry and capstone courses by faculty members in education and the sciences in early offerings. The Provost supported travel of the team to meetings of the American Association for Higher Education. At these meetings the team met almost continuously in 1999 to develop the inquiry courses and, in 2001, to plan the MS degree program.

Members of the local school community have also been involved with the team. The Science Coordinator from a large district was part of the team that planned the inquiry courses. The principal of a large 5th/6th grade school was a member of the team that developed the M.S. degree and has taught methods courses for secondary science students for many years. UM-D graduates in local schools have been involved by providing classrooms in which the action-research projects have been accomplished. Local community college faculty members have been involved in the Eisenhower- supported training.

The courses taught by faculty members in the School of Education have long been hands- on and inquiry-based, but with the additional exposure of students in inquiry learning, the methods course can now reinforce rather than introduce these pedagogical methods to the students. The team has to become more proactive in helping other faculty members in the Natural Sciences Department to integrate active-engagement methods into their teaching of courses for science majors, especially for those who are working toward certification as high school teachers. The calculus-based physics courses have been taught using active-engagement methods by several faculty members. Some of the chemistry and biology courses have used group-learning methods and reformed laboratories. Just-in-time-teaching methods have been adopted by several members of the team, but not yet to other faculty members in the Department. A major effort will have to be made to convince more senior faculty members that reformed methods result in increased learning and to help junior faculty members incorporate these methods as their teaching expertise develops.