Our Professional Learning and Growth research investigates how scientists, trainees, and educators learn in their profession and develop the skills, practices, and dispositions that support STEM learning.

The Center's current Professional Learning and Growth projects are listed below. You can also read about our completed Professional Learning and Growth projects.

Belonging in Field Education

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About the Project:

Our project envisions STEM field courses as spaces where undergraduate students feel welcomed into equitable environments that sustain and celebrate their identities and backgrounds. 

The Virtual Field: A Mitigation Strategy for the COVID-19 Pandemic

 

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing massive disruptions in higher education. Faculty across disciplines are struggling to quickly transition to virtual classrooms. Nowhere has this been more difficult than in the field sciences, where first-hand experience with the complexity of the natural world is essential for applying classroom learning to authentic settings, developing deep content knowledge and skills, and fostering identity as a field scientist.

ARIS (2018-2023)

ARIS logoThe ARIS Center is a collaboration between 12 universities launched in September 2018 with an award from the National Science Foundation (OIA 1810732) and a mission to Advance Research Impacts in Society through four initiatives: building capacity; advancing scholarship; growing partnerships; and curating resources. Dr.

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