For Immediate Release
GCU Professors Featured in National Book on Science Education
Lakewood, N.J., Apr. 24, 2007—Experts agree that America’s future economic strength will depend upon our ability to be a global leader in the sciences. Those same experts at the National Academy of Sciences also concur that to keep our competitive edge, the United States needs to better educate our students in the critical fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. To combat this problem, 125 university educators from across the country came together recently to collaborate on a new book, Developing and Sustaining a Research-Supportive Curriculum: A Compendium of Successful Practices.
Released in February by the Washington, D.C.-based Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), Developing and Sustaining a Research-Supportive Curriculum features chapters and articles by Georgian Court professors Anne Tabor-Morris, Ph.D.; Theresa J. Brown, Ph.D.; and Linda James, Ph.D., dean of the Schools of Sciences & Mathematics and Arts & Humanities. The book promotes “learning through research,” which many believe to be the key to engaging more students.
“This book is about helping undergraduate institutions develop their research programs, and is composed of ideas and advice from active Ph.D. science researchers from colleges and universities around the country,” says Dr. Tabor-Morris, an associate professor of physics.
“At Georgian Court University, we strive to actively involve all of our science majors in undergraduate research from the day they walk into the university, as opposed to many colleges and universities where research is a privilege for seniors and juniors only. We are active members of the CUR initiative,” she says.
Nancy Hensel, Ph.D., executive director of CUR, says, “Simply put, in order to produce more scientists and engineers, we need more students to major in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Research experiences provide students with a conceptual understanding of those disciplines.”
Dr. Hensel explains that by including rigorous, hands-on experiences into the science curriculum, experts expect more students to study science and choose scientific careers.
Dr. Tabor-Morris contributed two articles to the book: “Problem vs. Technique Driven Undergraduate Scientific Research;” and “Dollars and Sense: Strategies for Involving Students in Grant-Writing.”
Dr. Brown, professor of psychology, in conjunction with Dr. James, contributed a chapter entitled “Encouraging Undergraduate Research in Psychology: Two Approaches.”
“The opportunity to conduct independent research is an important adjunct or addition to the typical undergraduate training that most undergrads receive,” said Dr. Brown. “Research opportunities help students better understand the science of psychology and all sciences.”
According to the CUR, engaging students in open-ended investigations that invite them to exert their own creativity and insight into the interpretation of data is an opportunity to ignite in them the passions and intellectual curiosity that fuel scientific discovery. These are the “hands-on” and “minds-on” activities that can reverse the well-established decline in students choosing careers in science, mathematics, and technology.
For more information about the Georgian Court University research-based science initiatives, contact Dr. Anne Tabor-Morris at 732.987.2323.
Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge and at Coastal Communiversity in Wall and Cumberland County College in Vineland.
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