Pathways 2001

A Research Conference

On Science and Mathematics Teaching and Learning


This program was held on June 28, 2001


8:30 AM Coffee and Light Refreshments

8:45 Welcome and Introduction to the Conference


Session 1: New Approaches in the Sciences


9:00    Teaching Chemistry without Atomic Structure: How Far Can One Go? Abstract

Fred Garafalo, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

9:20    Problem-Based, Cooperative Learning Situations in the Analytical Chemistry Teaching Laboratory and Classroom: Making the Most Effective Use of Class Time? Abstract

Julian Tyson, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Chemistry

9:40    The Physical World: Two Years of Innovation Abstract

            Otto H. Muller and Katherine D. Wiesendanger, Alfred University, Geology

10:00  Discussion and Analysis

10:30  Using a Mock Trial to Develop Scientific Literacy and Communication Skills in an Introductory Environmental Geology Course: An Examination of the Evidence for Groundwater Contamination and Leukemia in Woburn, Massachusetts Abstract

            Amy Larson Rhodes, Smith College, Geology

10:50  Students Design and Present Original Cell Physiology Experiments Abstract

            Susan Keys, Springfield College, Biology

11:10  Asking the Right Questions in the Age of Technology: Student Active Learning in the Large Classroom Abstract

            Randall Phillis, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Biology

11:30  Discussion and Analysis


12:00 Lunch


12:30 Video: “Inventing the Future: K16 Connections in Science and Math”



Session 2: Learning about Learning


1:00 Poster Summary and Viewing :

      1.  Assessment of Science and Mathematics Learning: The Case for Inclusive Classrooms Abstract

Daniel Nomishan, Bill Bourbeau, Marijah Tessier and Robert Pollack,   Fitchburg State College, Education

      2. Beyond Corrections: Students Revise Their Math Solutions Abstract

Amy Wolpin, Marks Meadow School, Amherst

1:20  Teaching Gaia: A Cross-Disciplinary Approach to Enhancing Science Education in the K-12 Classroom Abstract

            Angela Rossier and Brian Hagenbuch, Holyoke Community College, Biology

1:40    MAA Journal Problems in Mathematics Professional Development Abstract

Kenneth Levasseur, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Mathematics

2:00    Science on the Move Abstract

Susan Fisher, University of Massachusetts Amherst

2:20    Discussion and Analysis


Session 3: Technology as an Aid to Learning


2:50    The Nutrition Online Experience: A Comparison of Internet Education for Traditional and Non-Traditional Undergraduates and K-12 Teachers Abstract

Nancy Cohen, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Nutrition

Brian Miller, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Hotel, Restaurant & Travel Administration

3:10    O.M.N.I. Listservs: An Effective Application of College Technology in Support of K-12 Teachers and Teacher Preparation

James Ebert, Nancy Elliott and James Reuben, SUNY, College at Oneonta, Earth Science Abstract

3:30    Handheld Technology: A Catalyst for Student Active Learning Abstract

            Ed Connors, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Mathematics

Mary Ann Connors, Westfield State College, Mathematics

3:50    Discussion and Analysis

4:20    Conference Wrap-up & Evaluation