Faculty of Science

Pedagogical Reading Group in Science

Welcome Instructors

Teaching in a university setting has come a long way in the past few decades.  The explosion of new media, theories and research into pedagogy have yielded not only new methods but also an awareness of teaching across cultures. This page will be a resource of readings featuring these new ideas in teaching.

Our group consists of instructors (post-doctoral fellows and faculty members) from the Faculty of Science at Western who formed a Pedagogical Reading Group in 2009, and have been meeting monthly since that time.  While we are each committed to keeping abreast of the scientific literature in our own research disciplines, this group facilitates allocation of some time toward studying the pedagogical literature.

Our readings have included book chapters, opinion pieces, online publications, and full research articles on post-secondary teaching.

Perhaps equally important has been the group's growing role in support, dialogue, critical appraisal and reflective practice. This group is open to all instructors in the Faculty of Science; for information about our next meeting, contact Sarah Gallagher at sgalla4@uwo.ca.

 


 

The next meeting will be March 12th at 3:00 pm in PAB 105 to continue the discussion on:

Susan A. Ambrose, Michael W. Bridges, Michele DiPietro, Marsha C. Lovett, Marie K. Norman, Richard E. Mayer, (2010) "How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching" Jossey-Bass Publishing, Chapter 5 (To gain access to a copy, contact Sarah Gallagher at sgalla4@uwo.ca.)

The list of the readings that have been discussed thus far can be found below:

2014

Date Reading
Mar 12 Susan A. Ambrose, Michael W. Bridges, Michele DiPietro, Marsha C. Lovett, Marie K. Norman, Richard E. Mayer, (2010) "How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching" Jossey-Bass Publishing, Chapter 5
Jan 22
Susan A. Ambrose, Michael W. Bridges, Michele DiPietro, Marsha C. Lovett, Marie K. Norman, Richard E. Mayer, (2010) "How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching" Jossey-Bass Publishing, Chapter 4

2013

Date Reading
Dec 16 Susan A. Ambrose, Michael W. Bridges, Michele DiPietro, Marsha C. Lovett, Marie K. Norman, Richard E. Mayer, (2010) "How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching" Jossey-Bass Publishing, Chapter 3
Nov 22 Blakemore, S.-J & Frith, U., (2005) "The Learning Brain: lessons for education" Blackwell Publishing, Chapter 10
Oct 16 Blakemore, S.-J & Frith, U., (2005) "The Learning Brain: lessons for education" Blackwell Publishing, Chapter 9
Sep 3 Blakemore, S.-J & Frith, U., (2005) "The Learning Brain: lessons for education" Blackwell Publishing, Chapter 8.
Aug 8 Blakemore, S.-J & Frith, U., (2005) "The Learning Brain: lessons for education" Blackwell Publishing, pp. 1-17.
Apr 2 C. Impey, S. Buxner and J. Antonellis (2012) "Non-Scientific Beliefs Among Undergraduate Students"  Astronomy Education Review 2012 (Download pdf here).
Feb 26 McGowan, HM (2011) “Planning a Comparative Experiment in Educational Settings” Journal of Statistics Education. 19(2). [Online] www.amstat.org/publications/jse/v19n2/mcgowan.pdf.
Jan 23 Eugene Wong, John deBruyn and Jeff Hutter "Evaluating the value and effectiveness of a zero credit, compulsory, undergraduate seminar course in Physics and Astronomy"  Department of Physics & Astronomy, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada. (Word doc manuscript for review) and the accompanying survey results 2011 Undergraduate Seminar Course (pdf)

2012

Date Reading
Dec 19 Hieronymi, P. “Commentary: Don't Confuse Technology With College Teaching” The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 13, 2012 (http://chronicle.com/article/Dont-Confuse-Technology-With/133551/).
Nov 21 Joordens, S, Le, A, Grinnell, R, and Chrysostomou, S. “Eating Your Lectures and Having Them too: is Online Lecture Availability Especially Helpful in “Skills-Based” Courses?” Electronic Journal of e-Learning Volume 7 Issue 3 2009, (pp281 - 288)(pdf).
Oct 17 "Ellis, N. C. (2002). Frequency effects in language acquisition: A review with implications for theories of implicit and explicit language acquisition. (PDF, 237 KB) Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 24, 143-188.
Sep 26 “Why Do We Have to Learn This Stuff?”—A New Genetics for 21st Century Students Rosemary J. Redfield, PLOS Biology July 3, 2012
Aug 17 Guest Comment: Only the student knows (pdf) Edwin F. Taylor American Journal of Physics 60 (3), March 1992 
Jun 15 Teaching professionalism in science courses:Anatomy to zoology (PDF, 204 KB)
Cheryl C. Macpherson
Kaohsiung Journal of Medical Sciences (2012) 28, S8eS12
May 1 Transformation: From Teacher-Centered to Student-Centered Engineering Education (pdf)
George D. Catalano and Karen C. Catalano
Apr 5 Program Change- Discussion:  Supporting Excellence in Science Teaching at UWO
Mar 6 Improving student learning through changing assessment – a conceptual and practical framework
Graham Gibbs, Claire Simpson and Ranald Macdonald, 2003 EARLI Conference, Padova
Feb 7 Clickers as Data Gathering Tools and Students' Attitudes, Motivations, and Beliefs on Their Use in this Application
Edward E. Prather and Gina Brissenden, Astronomy Education Review, 2009 March 19;8 (1): 010103-1–010103-10

Listening to student conversations during clicker questions: What you have not heard might surprise you!
Mark C. James and Shannon Willoughby,  American Journal of Physics, 2011 January;79 (1): pp. 123
Jan 11

"Understanding current causes of women’s underrepresentation in science"  Stephen J. Ceci and Wendy M. Williams, Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2011 February 22; 108(8): 3157–3162. 

"Problems with problem sets" James Trefil and Sarah Swartz, November 2011, Physics Today: 48-52.

2011

Date Reading
Jan 11

"Hybrid Education 2.0", Kolowich, Dec 28, 2009 (website)

"Cheating and the Generational Divide", Berrett, Nov 17, 2010 (website)

Feb 16 "Reducing the gender achievement gap in college science: A study of values affirmation", Miyake et al. (2010), Science 330:1234-1237.
Mar 15 "Dysfunctional illusions of rigor: Lessons from the scholarship of teaching and learning", Craig E. Nelson, Ch 10. in To Improve the Academy: Resources for Faculty, Instructional, and Organization Development, vol. 28, Wiley 2010.
Apr 5
"Does higher education promote independent learning?", Gow and Kember, Higher Education, 19: 307-322.
May 4

Pedagogical Reading Groups at other institutions worldwide:

University of Calgary: Pedagogy Reading Group (not currently meeting?)

McMaster University reading groups: Psychology and Joseph Kim

Stanford University: Pedagogy Reading Group

Tawa College (New Zealand):Pedagogy Reading Group

Point Loma Nazarene University (California): Reading Groups

Radical Pedagogy Reading Group on Facebook

Jul 7

"Engaging faculty in the pedagogical literature", The Pedagogical Reading Group gives a presentation at The Western Conference on Science Education

Jul 13

"Improved Learning in a Large Enrollment Physics Class", Deslauriers, Schelew and Wieman (2011) Science 332:862-864.

Aug 22 "Google Effects on Memory: Cognitive Consequences of Having Information at Our Fingertips", Sparrow, Liu and Wegner, Sciencexpress, July 14, 2011, 10.1126/science.1207745
Sep 26 "Revitalizing Undergraduate Science: Why some things work and most don't", Sheila Tobias, 1992, Chapter 1 and Chapter 8
Oct 24 "Why can't I be a mathematician?", a working paper by George Gadanidis, Faculty of Education at Western. The website for this is linked to George's name: www.ResearchIdeas.ca
Dec 5 "Talking to Learn: Why Biology Students Should Be Talking in Classrooms and How to Make It Happen", Kimberly D. Tanner (Summer 2009) CBE—Life Sciences Education Vol. 8, 89–94.

2010

Date Reading
Jan 19 "Matching Teaching Style to Leaning Style May not Help Students”, Glenn, (2009) The Chronicle of High Education
Feb 23 What the best college teachers do,  Ken Bain, one chapter
Apr 12 "On Creating Creative Engineers”, R.M. Felder (1987) Engineering Education 77: 222-227.
Jun 7 Lockhart’s Lament LockhartsLament.pdf
Jul 6 "A new way of teaching”, Peter Taylor, Queen’s (website)
Aug 24 "The relation of story structure to... science learning”, Klassen (2010) Science & Education  19: 305-317.
Sep 28 Teaching at its Best , Chapter 15: “Leading Effective Discussions”
Oct 28 "Learning Styles: Concepts and Evidence", Pashler et al. (2009) Psych. Sci. Pub. Int.9: 105-119.
Nov 23 "Selective use of the primary literature transforms the classroom into a virtual laboratory", Hoskins et al. (2007) Genetics 176: 1381-1389.

2009

Date Reading
Jan 29 Initial meeting
Feb 19 Enhancing scholarly work on teaching and learning  M. Weimar, Chapter 1
Mar 25 "Introducing modern science into schools", Willingdale-Theune et al. (2009) Science 325: 1077-1078.
Apr 22  "Witness as participation: ... mathematical awe and wonder”, M. Rodd (2003) For the Learning of Mathematics 23: 15-21.
May 12 "Biology in Bloom: Implementing Bloom’s taxonomy...”, Crowe et al. (2008) CBE-Life Sciences Education, 7: 368-381.
Jul 17 "Using literature and innovative assessments... undergraduate neuroscience course”, E. Lynd-Balta (2006) CBE-Life Sciences Education, 5: 167-174.
Sep 9

"The getting of wisdom”, Stephen Brookfield (website)
The Courage to Teach , Parker J. Palmer, Chapter 1

Oct 6 Teaching at its Best , Chapter 11: “Motivating your students”
Nov 3 Teaching at its Best , Chapter 14: “Making the lecture a learning experience”
Dec 8

"Scientific Teaching", Handlesman et al. (2004) Science 304: 521-522;
"Scientific Teaching in Practice”,Miller et al. (2008) Science 322: 1329;
“Why minimal guidance during instruction does not work”, Kirschner et al. (2006) Educational Psychologist 41: 75-86.