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Emma Toth defends her MST thesis, December 2018

Emma Toth Defends MST Thesis on Undergraduate Education

Master of Science in Teaching student Emma Toth defended her thesis, titled “The High School to First Year College Transition: An Investigation of the Predictions and Perceptions of STEM Students” in December, 2018. Her thesis research included developing, testing, and revising a survey administered at the start and end of two semesters. At the start […]

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Tim Boester joins RiSE faculty

Mathematics and statistics faculty member Tim Boester has become a member of the RiSE Center. Tim’s research focus is undergraduate mathematics education. He studies theories of advanced mathematical thinking and learning and how those theories suggest students learn particular mathematical concepts, such as limit, derivative, and absolute value. He has also begun studying student-tutor interactions as […]

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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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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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RiSE Colloquium – October 5 – Justin Dimmel

Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE Center) Colloquia & Seminar Series PRESENTS Justin Dimmel Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education and Instructional Technology University of Maine Exploring the paradox of change without difference: An investigation of teacher’s attitudes toward instruction that departs from the routine when doing proofs in geometry For as long as […]

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Helping Struggling Students in Introductory Biology: A Peer-Tutoring Approach That Improves Performance, Perception, and Retention

Helping Struggling Students in Introductory Biology: A Peer-Tutoring Approach That Improves Performance, Perception, and Retention The high attrition rate among science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors has long been an area of concern for institutions and educational researchers. The transition from introductory to advanced courses has been identified as a particularly “leaky” point along […]

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Rules of engagement: Transforming the teaching of college-level science

Rules of engagement: Transforming the teaching of college-level science – December 18, 2014, NSF.gov, Discovery page A science education advocate (Michelle K. Smith) who trained as a molecular biologist uses her analytical background to create teaching strategies that energize both students and faculty. Remember BIO 101? The professor lectured uninterrupted while some students scrawled pages […]

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