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Current STEM-focused Research Efforts in the Department of STEM Education & Teacher Development

Please visit the Kaput Center for Research and Innovation in STEM Education for more information on our faculty research projects.

Research Activity Happening Now

  • Prof. Stephen Witzig and doctoral students Kristen Degnan, Margaret French, Yenny Otolora Sevilla, and Heather Trahan will be presenting at the Society for College Science Teachers Annual Meeting in Boston.
  • Prof. Stephen Witzig and his colleagues published "A Framework for Socio-scientific Issues Based Education" in the Summer 2013 issue of Science Educator. The focus of the article is to introduce a framework for socio-scientific issues (SSI) based education.
  • The faculty and students of the STEM Education department congratulate Dr. Corey Brady on completing the first Mathematics Education Ph.D. at UMass Dartmouth. We are proud of you, Dr. Brady!!

Corey Brady hooded as first Mathematics Education PhD

  • Prof. Stephen Hegedus and two PhD candidates, Sara Dalton & James Burke, had a book review published in the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education. The book they reviewed was A Review of Mathematics Education and Technology: Rethinking the Terrain, The 17th ICMI Study.
  • Prof. Todd Campbell and his colleagues have a new article out in ScienceScope that highlights their simulation for teaching with the Virtual Plant Community Simulation. The article is titled, "Ecological Investigations Within an Interactive Plant Community Simulation".
  • Prof. Stephen Witzig and his colleague are presenting their paper, "Investigating experiences that inform university instructors' specialized knowledge for teaching protein synthesis" at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching in April.
  • Prof. Beste Gucler, Prof. Chandra Orrill, and PhD candidate James Burke will all be presenting at the NCTM Research Presession in April. 
  • Prof. Todd Campbell and his colleagues chapter "Reification of Five Types of Modeling Pedagogies with Model-Based Inquiry (MBI) Modules for High School Science Classrooms" appears in the book Approaches and Strategies in Next Generation Science Learning. 
  • Prof. Todd Campbell and his colleagues have a new article titled "Science teaching orientations and technology-enhanced tools for student learning" appearing in Research in Science Education.
  • Prof. Chandra Orrill's paper coauthored by Dr. Rachael Brown focused on teachers' reasoning with double number lines is featured in the current Math Ed Podcast.
  • Prof. Stephen Hegedus and Jeremy Roschelle (Eds) have published of: The SimCalc Vision and Contributions. (ISBN 978-94-007-5696-0) This is the product of 15 years of continually funded research and development supported by the NSF and the US Ed IES (1993-2012). Many students and faculty affiliated with the Kaput Center have authored chapters in this book. 
  • Prof. Todd Campbell and his colleagues have published a pratitioner article on one of the science curriculum modules they have developed. The module uses inquiry learning to help connect science to students' everyday lives. It appears in the Dec 2012 issue of Science Activities
  • Prof. Beste Gucler published an article called "Examining the discourse on the limit concept in a beginning-level calculus classroom" in the journal titled Educational Studies in Mathematics
  • Prof. Beste Gucler and her colleagues published an article titled "Teaching prospective teachers about mathematics: Historical and pedgogical perspectives" in Educational Studies in Mathematics.
  • Prof. Todd Campbell and his colleagues have a new article appearing in the December 2012 issue of School Science Review. It is titled, "Leadership and modelling exemplary practice: A re-imagined role for the head of departments".
  • Prof. Chandra Orrill and PhD candidate James Burke presented two papers and one poster at the recent PME-NA meeting. Proceedings are available here.
  • Prof. Stephen Witzig and his colleagues have a new article about conceptual change related to understanding DNA appearing in Research in Science Education.
  • Doctoral Students Corey Brady, James Burke, Sara Dalton, and Rob Nanna presented on their own research efforts at the Connecticut STEM Conference sponsored by the University of Hartford on 9/24/12.
  • Prof. Stephen Hegedus presented the keynote address at the Connecticut STEM Conference sponsored by the University of Hartford.
  • Prof. Todd Campbell's research on the pedagogical uses for discursive models was published in International Journal of Science Education.
  • Prof. Todd Campbell had articles appear in the September 2012 issues of The Physics Teacher andThe Science Teacher.
  • Prof. Chandra Orrill and her colleagues published an article about the results of a mixture Rasch analysis of mathematics teachers' performance in Journal for Research in Mathematics Education.
  • Prof. Chandra Orrill's article on technology-ehanced professional development appeared in the latest issue of Meridian, an online journal.
  • We are thrilled to welcome our new faculty to the STEM Ed Department - Dr. Todd Campbell, Dr. Anthony Garro, and Dr. Stephen Witzig. Please visit our People page to learn more about them.
  • Prof. Beste Güçler had a article connecting research to teaching focused on limits published in the May edition of the Mathematics Teacher.
  • Prof. Chandra Orrill and her collaborator Drew Polly had a piece on incorporating Common Core Math Standards into 5th and 6th grade published in the May edition of Teaching Children Mathematics
  • Prof. Stephen Hegedus, Prof. Beste Gucler, Sara Datlton, and Ryan Robidoux presented at the 44th Annual Meeting of the New England Educational Research Organization.
  • Several members of the STEM Department presented at the NCTM Research Presession. Please visit the Kaput Center website for citations.
  • The STEM Education Department celebrated Pi Day with one of our favorite emeritus faculty, Prof. Bob McCabe - 3/14/12!

  • The Department and the Kaput Center welcome Luis Moreno-Armella from Cinevestav for a week-long residency starting January 26, 2012. As part of his week-long visit, he will give a presentation on the development of human cognition.
  • Members of the faculty and doctoral students presented  their projects at PME-NA 2011. Our talks included (* indicates UMD faculty or student):
    • Examing Expressive Discourse in Multi-Modal Technology Environments (Hegedus*, Güçler*, Robidoux*, & Burke*)
    • From Specific Value to Variable: Developing Students' Abilities to Represent Unknowns (Marum*, Isler, Stephens, Gardiner, Blanton, & Knuth)
    • Models & Modeling Working Group (Lesh, Brady*, & Wilkerson-Jerde)
    • Connecting PD to Practice: Using a Task in 7th Grade Math (Orrill* & Kittleson)
    • Developing a Haptic Environment for Mathematical Activity (Robidoux*, Hegedus*, Burke*,  & Güçler*)
  • PhD Student James Burke presented a poster on the CAREER: Coherence as a BAsis for Understanding Teachers' Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching project at the REESE PI meeting on October 20, 2011.
  • Prof. Chandra Orrill gave an invited talk on how her research uses the mixture Rasch model at Contemporary Issues in Mathematical Knowledge Workshop at An Interdisciplinary Conference on Assessment in K-12 Mathematics: Collaborations Between Mathematics Education and Psychometrics on September 26, 2011.
  • Prof. Chandra Orrill gave an invited workshop on developing assessment items for measuring teacher knowledge at Contemporary Issues in Mathematical Knowledge Workshop at An Interdisciplinary Conference on Assessment in K-12 Mathematics: Collaborations Between Mathematics Education and Psychometrics on September 26, 2011.
  • Prof. Stephen Hegedus gave a talk titled, "Democratizing Access to Core Mathematics Across Grades 9-12" at SREE on September 8, 2011.
  • Prof. Chandra Orrill gave an invited talk titled, "Thoughts on learning from researching teachers" at How People Learn – Implications for Motivation Research Panel at ITEST Convening: Advancing Research on Youth Motivation in STEM on September 5, 2011.

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