We are educators,
How can we help more students succeed?"One size for all" teaching leaves many students behind, or turns them off to science. Reaching more students means changing how they learn science, AND how we teach it.
Helping more students succeed means adopting teaching and curriculum practices with proven ability to increase learning outcomes. The best solutions:
- Embody research evidence on how people learn
- Reflect the neuroscience of learning
- Adapt to local needs
- Work in many settings
- Can be implemented sustainably on a small or large scale, and
- Make science more accessible and engaging.
The Adapa Project team looks for WHAT works, then asks WHY it works, and HOW we can help more teachers and students incorporate it into the teaching and learning space. We focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) disciplines, but get inspiration and resources from many fields.
Our Four Focus Areas
Building An Accessible Knowledge Base
The Knowledge Base documents WHAT works, and WHY. When choosing resources we asked: "what is most important for teachers to understand about how students learn science?" ||
How People Learn-Brain, Mind, Experience, and School
Bransford's landmark study, published in 2000 by the National Academies of Science.
Click the title to download a free copy, or read online.
Tools That Empower Teachers & Learners
The first part of how we help instructors and students adopt best practices.|
There is an ever-growing array of tools that embody best practices. Some like Bybee's 5E model have long histories, others like flipped classes are more recent innovations. Educational technology offers many free or low-cost tools that, used thoughtfully, benefit teachers and students both. Social media too is finding its proper place in the learning space. Teachers are finding that social media provides new routes for collaboration, interaction, and assessment that were unavailable in the past.
Use our Resources Libraries to discover new tools, and learn what they can do, how to bring them into the classroom, and how to assess their impact.
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Projects Targeting Specific Challenges
Part 2 of how we help instructors incorporate best teaching practices. |
Listed in the main menu under Project Spaces, each project focuses on a specific challenge in science teaching and learning that we have identified. Project scope ranges from topic- & course-level barriers to multi-institutional challenges.
Training & Professional Development
Part 3 of how we help instructors incorporate best teaching practices. |
Just as carpenters need many different tools, successful teachers need a variety of techniques in their "teaching toolbox" for responding to different teaching challenges. Look here for:
Transforming STEM Higher Education: 2014 Network for Academic Renewal Conference
November 6-8, 2014
Atlanta, GA 30303
Improving content knowledge, competencies, and STEM literacy for all students. Conference explores innovative and effective undergraduate STEM teaching and learning, measurement and evaluation, faculty professional development, and promoting institutional change. Co-sponsors: AAC&U, PKAL. Go to Conference Page
ChemBook is Coming!July 3, 2014
ChemBook is now in development. The first module will be tested Fall 2014.
BioBook is Recruiting Test PartnersJune 30, 2014
We are recruiting 6 liberal arts colleges and universities to test BioBook for 1 semester at no cost. Contact us to learn more.
BioBook Receives Arthur Vining Foundation GrantJune 25, 2014
WFU has received a grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation to support three Adapa Project initiatives:
- Evaluation and adoption of BioBook in liberal arts colleges
- Launch of the first evaluation module for ChemBook
- Expansion of The Adapa Project's toolset for developers, teachers, and students.
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