Walter Stroup

Associate Professor / Chairperson

STEM Education & Teacher Development

508-910-6603

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Liberal Arts 398B

Teaching

Programs

Teaching

Courses

Examination of the basic theories of learning and teaching and the application of theory to educational environments. Students will learn about cognitive and effective theories related to learning as well as develop understandings of the social, cultural, and political factors that influence learning. Units of study include the principles of motivation, classroom management, and contemporary issues in education.

Individual and/or group study under supervision of a faculty member in an area of middle school mathematics for teachers that is not otherwise part of graduate course offerings.

Individual and/or group study under the supervision of a faculty member in an area of high school mathematics for teachers that is not otherwise part of graduate course offerings.

This graduate level course is highly interdisciplinary, since the content incorporates biology, chemistry, geology, meteorology and other subjects. There are two parts: first, general oceanography with a focus on the history of the ocean and of oceanography; seawater and sediments; ocean currents, waves and tides; shorelines and shoreline processes; and the marine environment. The second part of the course is marine biology, with the emphasis on plankton, nekton, and benthic fauna; marine fish and fisheries, seashore life and the intertidal zone and marine mammals.

Teaching

Online and Continuing Education Courses

Individual and/or group study under the supervision of a faculty member in an area of high school mathematics for teachers that is not otherwise part of graduate course offerings.
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Individual and/or group study under supervision of a faculty member in an area of middle school mathematics for teachers that is not otherwise part of graduate course offerings.
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An advanced treatment of special topics in biology with an emphasis on recent developments. The subject matter varies from year to year.
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Research

Research Interests

  • Development of generative design to support group-based, socially mediated, STEM focused classroom learning for grades three through university

Dr. Walter Stroup’s most recent work includes the development of pattern-based items, methods and assessment technologies used statewide by the Texas Education Agency with over 400,000 students in grades 3-8 students (math and language arts/reading) and also serving as Principal Investigator for the NSF-funded, Group-based Cloud Computing for STEM Education Project (gbccstem.com) An education researcher, classroom educator, and developer for more than 30 years, he currently serves as Chair of the Department of STEM Education and Teacher Development at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Dr. Stroup is an experienced leader of research teams and a repeat recipient of funding from the National Science Foundation. Prior to accepting his current position, he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at The University of Texas, Austin. The teacher education program he helped found while at UT is used by more than 45 universities across the US. He has also been a consultant to state and federal ministries of education in Mexico. Dr. Stroup received his doctorate in education from Harvard University.

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