Pathways to Change

A Research Conference on Science and Mathematics Teaching and Learning
Hampshire College, June 28-29, 2000

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Wednesday, June 28, 2000

8:30     AM Coffee and Light Refreshments

8:45     Welcome and Introduction to the Conference


Session 1: Research on Teaching and Learning of Science and Math


9:00     It's Fun But is it Science? Goals and Learning in a Problem-Based Learning Course

9:20     Journey to Owning the Question

Bob Barkman, Springfield College, Biology & Education

9:40     The Thayer Method: Student-Active Learning with Positive Results

                        Ed Connors, University of Massachusetts, Mathematics


10:00   Discussion and Analysis I


10:40   A Math Educator’s Dozen Modes for Teaching Problem-Solving

                        Hap Peelle, University of Massachusetts, Education

11:00   Helping Students to Develop Quantitative Problem-Solving Skills

                        Fred Garafolo, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

11:20   Alternative Assessment Strategies: Reverse Quizzes

                        Bettina Aten, Bridgewater State College, Earth Science


11:40   Discussion and Analysis II


12:20   Lunch


Session 2: Effective K-16 and Community Collaboration


1:20     Electricity and Magnetism for Pre-Service Elementary and Middle-School Teachers

                        Chris Emery & Steve Murray, Amherst Regional High School, Physics

1:40     Student Experiential Learning: Science Experiences with College Students at the Middle School

Irene Czerwiec, Bellamy Middle School & Susan Prattis, Hampshire College, Biology

2:00     The STCC Science Teaching Intern Project

Nancy Rapoport, Springfield Technical Community College, Biology


2:20     Discussion and Analysis III


3:00     Indoor Radon Measurements: A STEMTEC and Community-Service Learning Project

Kandula Sastry, University of Massachusetts, Physics

3:20     The Impact of STEMTEC on Chemistry 312

Julian Tyson, University of Massachusetts, Chemistry

3:40     Integrating the Arts and Sciences: An Interdisciplinary Model for Science Education

Brian Hagenbuch  & Kim Hicks, Holyoke Community College, Biology & English

4:00     Teaching Experiences and Biology at Holyoke Community College

                        Kate Maiolatesi, Holyoke Community College, Biology


4:20     Discussion and Analysis IV



Thursday, June 29, 2000


8:30     AM Coffee and Light Refreshments

8:45     Welcome and Introduction to the Second Day


Session 3: Student-Active Approaches that Work


3a: Mathematics

9:00     Student-Active Higher Geometry

Jon Sicks, University of Massachusetts, Mathematics

9:20    The Art of Mathematics

  Dan Radin, Greenfield Community College, Mathematics

9:40     “STEMTECing” an Accelerated Sophomore Math Course: What Worked, What Didn’t Work, and Why

                        Murray Eisenberg, University of Massachusetts, Mathematics


10:00   Discussion and Analysis Va


3b: Chemistry


9:00     Improving Problem-Solving Skills in Chemistry Using an Interactive Approach to Learning.

                        Frank Giuliano, Westfield State College, Physical Sciences

9:20    Initiating Student-Active Learning in the Chemical Principles Course at Bridgewater State College

Ed Brush, Bridgewater State College, Chemistry

9:40     Customized and User-Friendly Chemistry for Non-Majors

Ana Gaillat, Greenfield Community College, Chemistry


10:00   Discussion and Analysis Vb


3c: Biology

10:40   How Symmetrical Are We? A Student-Centered Approach to Learning

Buzz Hoagland, Westfield State College, Biology

11:00   Challenging Race as Biology: From Interdisciplinary Study to Science in Action

                        Alan Goodman, Hampshire College, Biology

11:20   Development of a Teaching Unit on Tropical Environments

                        Esteban Monserrate, Smith College, Biology


11:40   Discussion and Analysis VIa


3d: Physics & Geoscience

10:40   Teaching Innovations in Physics 114: from PRS to STA

William Mullin, University of Massachusetts, Physics

11:00   Experiences and Thoughts on STEMTEC-Inspired Changes in Teaching Physics for Life Science Majors

                        Monroe Rabin, University of Massachusetts, Physics

11:20   Improvements in Student Performance Result from Student-Active Methods in a Large Oceanography Course

R. Mark Leckie and Richard Yuretich, University of Massachusetts, Geosciences


11:40   Discussion and Analysis VIb


12:20   Lunch


Session 4: Technology as an Aid to Learning


1:20     Partners in Chime: Models of Molecular Structure

Pat O’Hara, Amherst College: Richard Blatchly & Phyllis Eisenberg, Amherst High School, Chemistry

1:40    The Benefits of a Web-Based Learning System in Large Science Classes

Dave Hart, University of Massachusetts, Computer Science

2:00     Strategies for the Effective Use of Microcomputers to Collect and Analyze Data in Real Time

Charles Camp, Amherst Regional High School, Physics


2:20     Discussion and Analysis VII


3:00     Integration of Multimedia Interactive Web Tools with In-class Active Learning

Aura Ganz, Anan Phonphoem, & Kitti Wongthavarawat, University of Massachusetts, Electrical & Computer Engineering

3:20     Workshops for Understanding Math Anxiety and Computer Phobia

                        Hap Peelle, University of Massachusetts, Education

3:40     Developing Interactive, Computer-based Activities for a Non-majors Introductory Biology Course

Dave Demers, University of Hartford & Graham Kent, Smith College, Biology


4:00     Discussion and Analysis VIII


4:40     Conference Wrap-Up


5:00    Closing Reception