Research

Current STEM education research at IU

Research Resources on...

General Learning

Elementary Education

Secondary Education

College Education

Informal Education

Teacher Training

Pre-service Training

In-service Professional Development

Education Reform

Standards and Testing

Grant Funding

Federal Agencies

State Programs

Private Foundations

IU Sponsored Research Office

Assessment and Evaluation

Research with Human Subjects

 

 

Current STEM education research at IU

 

Data not yet compiled

Back to top

Research Resources on General Learning

 

How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School (1999) John D. Bransford,

Ann L. Brown, and Rodney R. Cocking, editors

National Academy Press

Open book: http://www.nap.edu/html/howpeople1/

 

How Students Learn: History, Mathematics, and Science in the Classroom (2005) Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences and Education National Academy Press

Open book: http://www.nap.edu/books/0309074339/html/

 

Why We Must Change: The Research Evidence  (1998) Thought & Action, Spring, 1998. Excerpted by Doug Madden Honolulu Community College: http://honolulu.hawaii.edu/intranet/committees/FacDevCom/guidebk/teachtip/gardiner.htm

 

Back to top

Research Resources on Elementary Education

 

Taking Science to School: Learning and Teaching Science in Grades K-8 (2007) Duschl, RA, Schwweingruber, HA, and Shouse, AW, editors National Academy Press

Open book http://newton.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=11625&page=R1

 

Back to top

Research Resources on Secondary Education

 

The Knowledge Loom: Inquiry and Problem Solving in Middle School Mathematics

Back to top

Research Resources on College Education

 

IU Campus Instructional Consulting list of publications on teaching and learning http://www.indiana.edu/~teaching/allabout/pubs/

 

Cech, T. and Kennedy, D. (2005) Doing More for Kate Science 310: 1741

http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/summary/310/5755/1741

 

Handelsman, J., Ebert-May, D., Beichner, R., Bruns, P., Chang, A., DeHaan, R., Gentile, J., Lauffer, S., Stewart, J., Tilghman, S.M., Wood, W.B. 2004. Scientific Teaching. Science 304: 521-522. http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/summary/304/5670/521

 

Gardiner, LF Why We Must Change: The Research Evidence  (1998) Thought & Action, Spring, 1998. Excerpted by Doug Madden Honolulu Community College: http://honolulu.hawaii.edu/intranet/committees/FacDevCom/guidebk/teachtip/gardiner.htm

 

Perry, W. G. Jr. (1970) Forms of Intellectual and Ethical Development in the College Years: A Scheme.  New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston

 

Macarthur, C. G. (1920) The Scientific Teaching of Science.  Science 52: 347-351

Excerpt:

"If we could accept as the purpose of education the development--perhaps it is more accurate to say the restoration-- of the right mental attitude in the student, we could bring order out of this chaos.  For we should then see that the dogmatic handing on of facts through lecture and text-book inculcates the wrong attitude of mind in the student.  A student will much more rapidly develop the right mental attitude by discovering facts for himself, even though they were known before, than by memorizing a multitude of facts discovered by other people.

 

... For three years the experiment was made in a scientific department of one of our middle western universities of teaching by the method just suggested, so far as that could be done under the conditions that exist in every university at present.  ...  The students almost invariably floundered at first.  They had grown so dependent on directions that for a time they could only with difficulty initiate work of their own.  Gradually they came to understand what was expected and they became clearer as to what they themselves wanted.  And as the course continued the method seemed to them increasingly desirable and successful."

And yet, nearly a century later, the situation remains essentially the same.

 

Malcom, S. and U. Treisman. (1987) Calculus Success for All Students. In L. Steen (ed.). Calculus for a New Century: A Pump not a Filter, Washington, DC: Mathematical Association of America.

 

Middendorf, J., & Pace, D. (2002). Overcoming cultural obstacles to new ways of teaching: The Lilly Freshman Learning Project at Indiana University. To Improve the Academy, 20, 208-224.

 

Back to top

Research Resources on Informal Education

 

Data not yet compiled

 

Back to top

Research Resources on Pre-service Teacher Training

 

Data not yet compiled

 

Back to top

Research Resources on In-service Professional Development

 

Bower, J.M., (2005) Scientists and Science Education Reform: Myths, Methods, and Madness

Findings from CAPSCI, a collaboration between Caltech and the Pasadena City Schools, challenging traditional notions of what Professional Development should be like.

 

The Knowledge Loom: Professional Development

 

Stewart, RA and Brendefur, JL. (2005) Fusing Lesson Study and Authentic Achievement: A Model for Teacher Collaboration. Phi Delta Kappan 86: 681-687

Abstract: After several years of working with school districts on various systemic reform efforts, Mr. Stewart and Mr. Brendefur conclude that the best way to bring about positive change at the classroom level is to adopt a model wherein small .groups of teachers work in collaborative learning communities focused on improving day-to-day instruction.

 

Back to top

Research Resources on Education Reform

 

Anatomy of School System Improvement: Performance-Driven Practices in Urban School Districts

NewSchools Venture Fund's three-year research project tracking the adoption of performance-driven practices in urban school systems. In this first year, the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME), analyzed the state of performance-driven practices within 28 leading school districts. The goal of this first year of study was to define the features of a performance-driven school system and to set a benchmark against which to measure future years of adoption of performance-driven practices.

Click here to download PDF

 

The Knowledge Loom: Redesigning High Schools

 

Stewart, RA and Brendefur, JL. (2005) Fusing Lesson Study and Authentic Achievement: A Model for Teacher Collaboration. Phi Delta Kappan 86: 681-687

Summary: After several years of working with school districts on various systemic reform efforts, Mr. Stewart and Mr. Brendefur conclude that the best way to bring about positive change at the classroom level is to adopt a model wherein small groups of teachers work in collaborative learning communities focused on improving day-to-day instruction.

 

Schmoker, M.  (2004).  From Feckless Reform to Substantive Instructional Improvement. Phi Delta Kappan, 85: 427-432.

Summary: Even though we already know the best way to improve instruction, we

persist in pursuing strategies that have repeatedly failed. Mr. Schmoker

urges us to break free of our addiction to strategic planning and largescale

reform--and focus on shorter-term instructional strategies that produce more immediate results.  See follow-up by Stewart and Brendefur, 2005.

 

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Association of American Colleges and Universities (2007) Integrative Learning: Opportunities to Connect

Results of a three-year national project involving 10 campuses working together to encourage and strengthen students' ability to pursue learning in more intentional, connected ways.

 

Back to top

Research Resources on Standards and Testing

 

Data not yet compiled

Back to top

 

Grant Funding Resources

 

Federal Agencies

Grants.gov

National Science Foundation

Department of Education

Department of Labor

Back to top

State Programs

Department of Education

Math-Science Partnerships, No Child Left Behind

Office of Program Development

Office of Learning Resources

Safe and Drug-Free Schools

Division of Educational Opportunities

Division of Adult Education

Department of Workforce Development

Back to top

Private Foundations

Annenberg Foundation

Coca-Cola Foundation

Ford Motor Company Fund

Hearst Foundation

Hewlett Foundation

Lilly Endowment

Lumina Foundation

Mazda Foundation

Northrup Grumman Corporation

Toyota Foundation

Back to top

IU Sponsored Research Office

Sponsored Research home

Forms, including IU's electronic route sheet

Important Notices -- check here for updates to IU's indirect cost agreements, fringe benefits rates, etc.

Back to top

Assessment and Evaluation

Center for Evaluation and Education Policy

How to Conduct Rigorous Math-Science Partnership Evaluation (pdf file from IN DOE)

Back to top

Research with Human Subjects

IU's Office of Research Compliance-Protection of Human Subjects

Resource site for rules and regulations, tutorial, test of researchers' knowledge of compliance rules, etc.