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Richard S Pollenz
Professor, Associate Dean, Director : Office for Undergraduate Research

University of South Florida



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Transforming STEM Education and the Way We Teach
Audience: Adults
Description: The attrition of undergraduates who enter STEM degree programs but do not earn a STEM undergraduate degree is an area of national concern. “Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education” the 2011 report from AAAS/NSF and “Engage to Excel” the 2012 report from the Presidents Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) are two national calls to action on this issue and advocate for significant reform in the way undergraduate STEM education is delivered. The learning objectives of this interactive session are to, 1) provide context to the national call to action on undergraduate STEM education reform, 2) present an overview of initiatives at USF that are designed to change how undergraduate STEM education is delivered, and 3) present case-studies of inquiry-based approaches in undergraduate STEM education that inspire students about STEM disciplines. This session should have widespread benefit to anyone engaged in teaching STEM disciplines at any level who has an interest what is happeing in higher education and who wish to learn about innovations that help to engage trainees to "work the problem".

Subject Areas: Education
Environmental Sciences
Natural Sciences
Keywords: Education Reform
Science Education Reform
STEM Education
Duration: 2-3 hours
Fee: No Cost
Comments: This session can be customized to the level and scope of the audience. Sessions can be a short as 1 hour and the longer sessions include an “action plan” exercise for practitioners.

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