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Two researchers from the RIT Science and Mathematics Education Research Collaborative were among 25 in their field to be invited to the University of Colorado Denver to share their findings at a Nov. 8–10 networking meeting. Dina Newman and Kate Wright, both on the faculty of the Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences, joined fellow biology education researchers to discuss approaches that promote learning in introductory biology classes. Resources shared at the meeting, including reading lists, activities, assessments, and other materials, will be compiled on a website that will also offer guidance on future projects.
The Science and Mathematics Education Research Collaborative is a group of faculty conducting discipline-based education research involving the teaching and learning of content in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. SMERC is affiliated with the Center for Advancing Science/Math Teaching, Learning and Evaluation, also known as CASTLE. The meeting in Colorado was supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation Research Coordination Networks for Undergraduate Biology Education, which creates networks to support evidence-based pedagogical development and research.