Tag Archives: Science

MSU scholar lands $2.7M to improve undergraduate STEM education

MSU scholar lands $2.7M to improve undergraduate STEM education

As more universities attempt to transform how they teach science and math, a Michigan State University researcher is focusing on broader changes across networks of campus to improve student learning. Ann Austin has received three grants totaling $2.7 million from the National Science Foundation to study how reforms to institutional policies and practices, along with… Read More »

Michigan made: Grant to help integrate computation in science classes

Michigan made: Grant to help integrate computation in science classes

The 21st-century scientific world revolves around computation. Yet, teaching students to use a computer to solve, simulate or visualize science problems is glaringly absent from many high school science courses. Four Michigan State University scientists, led by a physics education researcher, are setting out to change that. They will use a three-year, $1.2 million National… Read More »

App could help make teaching more equitable

App could help make teaching more equitable

A Michigan State University researcher is developing a web application that will help educators make their teaching practices more equitable using data from their own classrooms. Niral Shah, assistant professor of teacher education, will be working with teachers using this tool through research funded by a new fellowship. In May, Shah was chosen as a… Read More »

Stroupe wins national awards for science education research

Stroupe wins national awards for science education research

Michigan State University faculty member David Stroupe was recently honored for his innovative research in science teaching by the field’s leading organizations. The National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) presented Stroupe with the 2017 Early Career Research Award at the annual conference in April. This honor is granted to a researcher each year… Read More »

Schneider receives honorary degree in Finland

Michigan State University’s Barbara Schneider, a John A. Hannah University Distinguished Professor, will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Helsinki this spring. She is the only education scholar among more than 20 individuals from around the world being conferred with the honors this year by Finland’s oldest and largest higher education institution. Fellow… Read More »

Faculty publish books on science teaching

Faculty publish books on science teaching

Three faculty members in the Michigan State University College of Education have recently published books on science teaching and learning. Each book examines new and innovative concepts, such as helping students understand core ideas across disciplines, encouraging them to engage in science practices and rethinking the roles of students and teachers. Joe Krajcik, Lappan-Phillips Professor of… Read More »

Remembering professor, alumnus Glenn Berkheimer

Remembering professor, alumnus Glenn Berkheimer

Alumnus and former Professor Glenn D. Berkheimer passed away recently. He was 90 and a resident of Okemos, Mich. Berkheimer earned an Ed.D. in 1966 in curriculum before joining the Michigan State University faculty, with joint appointments in the College of Education and a university unit called the Science and Mathematics Teaching Center. “He took his… Read More »

$2M NSF grant to help youngest students learn science

$2M NSF grant to help youngest students learn science

It’s often thought that kindergarten is too early to learn science. But with the right approach to teaching, even the youngest students can learn to think and talk like scientists, Michigan State University researchers say. Using a four-year, $2.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation, MSU scholars plan to help teachers across the nation… Read More »

The moth project: Investigating science together

The moth project: Investigating science together

It turns out moths don’t like to fly in the cold. The sixth-graders in Rob Voigt’s classes discovered this after a few nights collecting moths in their backyards using traps they built at school. While they were busy designing experiments to answer their questions about moths, a team of Michigan State University researchers were doing… Read More »

MSU plays key role in new Michigan science standards

MSU plays key role in new Michigan science standards

Michigan State University faculty members played a key role in developing the new K-12 science standards approved by the State Board of Education on Tuesday. Joe Krajcik and Melanie Cooper, both Lappan-Phillips Professors of Science Education at MSU, were lead writers of the Next Generation Science Standards, which have now been adopted by 17 states… Read More »