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MSP Workshop: How People Learn - March 7-9, 2004

Description

The National Research Council (NRC) and the National Science Resources Center will present an interactive workshop on learning March 7-9, 2004 at NRC headquarters in Washington, DC. Workshop presenters will review the expanding body of research about human learning as synthesized in NRC reports with an emphasis on reports, such as "How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School" and "How People Learn: Bridging Research and Practice."


Participants will receive a free CD-ROM containing these and 12 other NRC education reports pertinent to the learning and teaching of mathematics and science. A series of interactive breakout sessions will enable participants to delve more deeply into various aspects of the research on learning and its applications for both K-12 and higher education, and for professional development programs for faculty. Time will be allocated for members of MSP teams to discuss how the principles of learning that are considered during this workshop can be integrated with and applied to the work of their Partnerships.

This workshop is especially appropriate for people involved in professional and/or curriculum development, K-12 and college/university faculty, and people who are responsible for improving student learning and academic achievement.

National Research Council


National Science Resources Center

Math/Science Partnerships Workshop


How People Learn

2100 C Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.
Lecture Room
March 7-9, 2004

TENTATIVE AGENDA
March 7, 2004 (Sunday)
 
1:00pm    Opening Remarks
Jay Labov, National Research Council
Sally Shuler, National Science Resources Center
Martin Orland, NRC Center for Education
NSF Representative
Overview of Workshop: Melvin George, President Emeritus, University of Missouri and NRC Chair, Mathematics and Science Partnerships Committe
 
1:45pm    Bridging Research and Practice: An Examination of a Teaching and Learning Model
Participants will work in groups to examine a teaching and learning model based on a "floating and sinking" inquiry.
Sally Goetz Shuler, Executive Director, National Science Resources Center
Christopher Zahopoulos, Director of Projects SEED & RE-SEED, Northeastern University
 
3:45pm
   
Break
 
4:00pm
   
Classroom videotapes will illustrate how this model works at the middle and high school levels.
 
4:15pm
   
Discussion of the model
 
5:00pm
   
Adjourn
 
5:15pm
   
Dinner, Members Room, 2100 C Street, N.W.
 
6:15pm
   
Meeting: Facilitators, Presenters, Committee Members, and NRC staff
 

 
March 8, 2004 (Monday)
 
8:00am
   
Continental Breakfast
 
8:30am
   
Greeting and Overview of the Day's Goals and Activities:
Katherine Merseth, (Invited) Director of Teacher Education, Harvard University and Senior Lecturer at the Graduate School of Education
Melvin George,President Emeritus, University of Missouri and NRC Chair, Mathematics and Science Partnerships Committee
 
8:45am
   
Keynote Address and Discussion: Research on Human Learning:
Understanding and Applications Focus on research on learning and cognition as they relate to the classroom
Jose Mestre, Professor of Physics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
 
10:15am
   
Break
 
10:30am
   
Break-Out Sessions: Application of the Principles of Learning to the Classroom - K-12 Math, K-12 Science and Higher Education
Higher Education Applications
Bonnie Brunkhorst, Professor, Geological Science and Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, California State University, San Bernardino

Jose Mestre, Professor of Physics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
 
K-12 Science Applications
Mary Colvard, Consultant, New York State Education Department, and Steering Committee Member

Laura Maitland, Science Instructor, Mepham High School, Bellmore, NY
 
K-12 Mathematics Applications
Mary Kosky, retired, Dept. of Mathematics, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School, Burnt Hills, NY
 
11:45pm
   
Understanding the Principles of Learning More Deeply
Katherine Merseth (invited) overviews morning's sessions and provides MSP groups with charge for afternoon activities.
 
12:00pm
   
Lunch
 
12:45pm
   
Groups reconvene. Use "Jig Saw" strategy

to share what they have learned in morning break-out session and how those insights will be useful to MSP participants in general (specific applications to individual MSPs will be considered during the 4:45 to 6:00 PM session).
 
2:00pm
   
Break
 
2:15pm
   
Discussion of Principles of Learning as Applied to Higher Education
Bonnie Brunkhorst, Professor, Geological Science and Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, California State University, San Bernardino This session will feature a videotape on photosynthesis. This video illustrates the misconceptions that students still adhere to after studying photosynthesis. Dr. Brunkhorst will talk about the "disconnects" and the implications for student learning.
 
3:15pm
   
How Students Reflect on Their Learning - Presentation and Interactive Discussion
Michael Martinez, Associate Professor, Department of Education, University of California, Irvine
 
4:30pm
   
Short Break
 
4:45pm
   
MSP Teams Reconvene


Discussion of how the activities and information gained during the day could be utilized in the MSP projects. Each group will select the most useful thing they have learned for application to their MSP and one issue that needs greater clarification. One person from each group will report out.


Discussion led by Katherine Merseth (invited)
 
6:00 pm
   
Adjourn
 

 
March 9, 2004 (Tuesday)
 
8:00am
   
Breakfast

Extended time during breakfast for MSP Teams to meet and work.
 
8:45am
   
Greeting and Overview of the Day, Melvin George
 
9:00am
   
Break-Out Sessions: Encouraging the Metacognitive Process Through Professional Development
Higher Education Applications
Bonnie Brunkhorst, Professor, Science Education and Biology, California State University, San Bernardino, and Steering Committee Member

Michael Martinez, Associate Professor, Department of Education, University of California, Irvine
 
K-12 Science Applications
Mary Colvard, Consultant, New York State Education Department, and Steering Committee Member

Laura Maitland, Science Instructor, Mepham High School, Bellmore, NY
 
K-12 Mathematics Applications
Mary Kosky, retired, Dept. of Mathematics, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School, Burnt Hills, NY
 
10:15am
   
Break
 
10:30am
   
Star Learners and Star Teachers: footage of exemplary students and teachers who apply and practice evidence-based principles of learning.


TBA
 
11:30am
   
Groups reconvene to share what they have learned about professional development activities and student/teacher footage.
 
12:15pm
   
Wrap-Up and Next Steps
 
12:30pm
   
Committee Reflections and Participant Discussion
 
1:00pm
   
Adjourn - Box Lunches