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RiSE Colloquium – Sara Lindsay – Dec. 7

Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE Center) Colloquia & Seminar Series Presents Sara Lindsay School of Marine Sciences, University of Maine Assessing Student Learning in Ocean Science: Charting a course in the School of Marine Sciences  The oceans define our planet, supporting and shaping life on earth. Many challenges facing society involve the […]

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Thesis Defense – Gregory Kranich

ORAL THESIS DEFENSE Gregory Kranich Thesis Advisor: Michael Wittmann An Abstract of the Thesis Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Science (in Teaching) December, 2015   INCONSISTENT CONCEPTIONS OF ACCELERATION CONTRIBUTING TO FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT LIMITATIONS   Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education has become a national priority […]

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Thesis Defense – Daniel Laverty

ORAL THESIS DEFENSE MST Candidate Daniel Laverty Thesis Co-Advisor: John Thompson Thesis Co-Advisor: MacKenzie Stetzer Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Science in Teaching December, 2015  Investigating Teachers’ Content Knowledge and Pedagogical Content Knowledge in a Middle School Physical Science Curriculum on Force and Motion  Teaching is a […]

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RiSE Center Hosts Collaborative Student Science Summit – Spring 2015

UMaine News – April 7, 2015 WVII (Channel 7) and WABI (Channel 5) reported on the 2015 Student Summit hosted by the Maine Center for Research in STEM Education, or RiSE Center, at the University of Maine. More than 200 students in grades 6–9 throughout the state will take part in an out-of-this-world collaborative engineering […]

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Leadership of PERL faculty, alumni recognized in physics education journal

UMaine News – September 28, 2015 In September, Physical Review, one of the premier physics journals, with a specific journal for physics education research, published a “focused collection” of articles focused on upper-division physics courses. UMaine is a leader in physics education research as it relates to upper-division physics courses. The university’s  nationally recognized leadership […]

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MaineESP receives 2015 Philip Marcoux Award

UMaine News – October 13, 2015 The Maine Elementary Sciences Partnership (MaineESP) received the 2015 Philip Marcoux Award from the Maine Science Teachers Association (MSTA) at its annual conference in Gardiner on Oct. 9. The award recognizes a science education professional or partnership that makes continuous and enduring contributions to science education; demonstrates capacity for […]

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December 2 – Thesis Defense – Gregory Kranich

ORAL THESIS DEFENSE Gregory Kranich Thesis Advisor: Michael Wittmann An Abstract of the Thesis Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Science (in Teaching) December, 2015   INCONSISTENT CONCEPTIONS OF ACCELERATION CONTRIBUTING TO FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT LIMITATIONS  Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education has become a national priority in […]

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CLICK: Michelle Smith leads charge for active learning in science education

UMaine Today – Spring/Summer 2015 Written by Beth Staples Teaching science clicks for Michelle Smith. The assistant professor in the School of Biology and Ecology is a national leader in a charge to improve science education. And clickers — wireless personal response systems (think of a television remote control) — are part of the equation. […]

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October 2 – Thesis Defense – Milissa Knox

ORAL THESIS DEFENSE MST Candidate Milissa Knox Thesis Advisor: Molly Schauffler Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Science in Teaching December, 2015 Thinking Beyond the Fried Egg Model: Basic Biology Students’ Knowledge and Contextual Understanding of Cell Structure and Function This exploratory study investigated three aspects of introductory […]

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