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The TIEE Research Practitioners Project: Faculty Investigating Active Teaching and Student Learning

This article published in Volume 5 of TIEE describes the TIEE Research Practitioners Project. For the project, fifteen ecology, environmental science, and biology faculty conducted research on the effectiveness of student-active teaching methods in their classrooms, with the goal of improving their teaching practice in a manner that would be recognized as scholarly work.


The article describes the characteristics of the research projects, their impacts on student learning, and changes the participants made to their teaching practices. The faculty participants worked collaboratively in teams to design and conduct their research, and each team investigated improving student abilities relevant to biology and ecology education, such as how to work with data, interpret graphs, and design and conduct ecological investigations.
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Life science discipline (subject)
Keywords education research; pedagogy; assessment; teaching; teaching as scholarship; research practitioner; TIEE; student active
Key taxa Ecology
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Pedagogical Use Description The article summarizes the impact of education research on the teaching practices of fifteen faculty who designed and conducted research in their own classrooms. The article is a useful resource for faculty who are interested in student-active teaching methods and their impact on both the instructor and the students. Since almost all of the TIEE Research Practitioners had not previously conducted education research, the article is a particularly relevant resource for faculty who are designing their own education research project for the first time.
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Primary Author Affiliation Florida Community College

Hamphire College, College of Natural Sciences

Widener University, Department of Biology
Primary Author email damorris@fccj.edu

cdavanzo@hampshire.edu

bwgrant@widener.edu
Rights Copyright 2007 by Deborah Morris, Charlene D'Avanzo, Bruce W. Grant, and the Ecological Society of America.
Date Of Record Submission 2007-10-11

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