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STEM Teaching and Learning

Michigan Tech researchers examine the factors that affect teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) material. We study the methods that are most effective for teaching scientific and mathematical concepts by working with undergraduate students, pre-service teachers, professional educators, and the general public, with the goal of improving the learning process.

Research Groups

Michigan Teacher Excellence Program

This research project, funded by the National Science Foundation through the Math and Science Partnership program, is designed to improve the earth science content and pedagogical knowledge of K–12 teachers. Michigan Tech researchers work with teachers from Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, and Jackson to improve teacher understanding of inquiry-based learning, to support teacher leadership, and to create institutional change in schools and universities.

Center for Educational Technology, Research, and Assessment

Faculty Areas of Interest
Motivation Science; Self-Efficacy; Impact of Values on Behavior; Cognitive Dissonance; Individual Differences in STEM Learning
STEM Learning and Teaching; Teacher Professional Development; Earth Science Education
Sociocultural development perspectives in various contexts, including work, school, and informal settings. My current focus is on youth and adolescent development in relation to societal change.; Science education; Information and communication technologies; Development of spatial visualization abilities
Geoscience Education; Teacher Preparation and Professional Development; Sedimentology and Stratigraphy; Deep-time Paleoclimatology; Evaluation and Assessment
Neuroscience of Learning and Memory; Educational Reform and Redesign; Persuasion and Attitude Change
Self-directed learning; Teaching and learning hands-on ability; Vibration assisted grinding and water-jet assisted grinding; Wheel wear and wheel loading mechanisms; Machining of ceramics; Dynamic behavior of micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS); Human factors in design
Preservice Mathematics Teacher Education; Teacher Professional Development; Teacher Noticing; Teacher Learning; Use of Video Cases in Teacher Education