Discipline-based education research, or DBER, has received a lot of attention lately. In 2012, the National Research Council published a report on DBER. The report suggests that DBER is both broadly focused on a wide array of sciences (“physics, biological sciences, geosciences, and chemistry”) and narrowly focused on undergraduate settings. Other disciplines, although not discussedContinue reading “On DBER”

EarthLabs paper in press

Our latest paper stemming from a collaboration with TERC is in press with the Journal of Geoscience Education: Ellins, K.K., Shapiro-Ledley, T., Haddad, N., McNeal, K., Gold, A., Lynds, S., and Libarkin, J., in press, EarthLabs: Supporting teacher professional development to facilitate effective teaching of climate science: Journal of Geoscience Education. Learn more about EarthLabsContinue reading “EarthLabs paper in press”

New chapter in AGU book on the Anthropocene

A new chapter on assessment has been published in an American Geophysical Union book focusing on the anthropocene. Libarkin, J.C., 2014, Evaluation and Assessment of Civic Understanding of Planet Earth. In G. Roehrig, D. Dalbotten, & P. Hamilton (Eds.) Future Earth: Advancing Civic Understanding of the Anthropocene, p. 41-52. http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118854306.html  

Two chapters in new geoscience education book

We are pleased to announce that two chapters have been published in a new book on geoscience education published by Springer. Libarkin, J.C., 2014, The role of scholarly publishing in geocognition and discipline-based geoscience education research. In V. Tong (Ed.) Geoscience Research and Education: Teaching at Universities, p. 69-76. Libarkin, J.C., Jardeleza, S.E., McElhinny, T.,Continue reading “Two chapters in new geoscience education book”

Science & Education publication on genetics education is out!

We are pleased to announce that our publication is finally out in ScienceĀ  & Education. McElhinny, T.L., Dougherty, M.J., Bowling, B.V., and Libarkin, J.C., 2014, Genetics curriculum and assessment: The status of instruction for bioscience majors in the United States: Science & Education, v. 23 (2), p. 445-464. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11191-012-9566-1

Earth Systems Science Education in Research Handbook

Dr. Libarkin has co-authored a chapter on EARTH SYSTEMS SCIENCE EDUCATION with Nir Orion for the Handbook of Research on Science Education, Volume II. This chapter provides a new look at latest developments in Earth Systems Science education and is a companion to the chapter co-authored by Nir Orion in 2007. Learn more about theContinue reading “Earth Systems Science Education in Research Handbook”


I wanted to remind everyone how to subscribe to the community email listserv for people interested in Geoscience Education Research and Geocognition Research. Here’s how to subscribe: To subscribe to this list send an email to listserv@list.msu.eduĀ  with the following text in the first line of the body of the message: SUBSCRIBE GEOED-RESEARCH FirstName LastNameContinue reading “HOW TO JOIN THE GEOSCIENCE EDUCATION RESEARCH & GEOCOGNITION INTEREST GROUP LISTSERV”


GRL personnel have again made some important achievements. I am excited to report that: Undergraduate GREG RUETENIK did an amazing job on his poster at UURAF. His poster was entitled “APPLICATION OF SPATIAL ANALYSIS TOOLS TO PROJECTION OF EYE TRACKING DATA”. This work was funded by an MSU Undergraduate Research Support Scholarship; he is workingContinue reading “MORE AWARDS AND HAPPENINGS”


Several graduate students in the GRL were recently recognized for their exceptional efforts in research through receipt of summer funding fellowships, research and travel grants, and national awards. ROBERT DROST and SHELDON TURNER both received Environmental Science and Policy Graduate Student Summer Research Funding grants from Michigan State University. These grants provide funding for livingContinue reading “GRADUATE STUDENTS EARN PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS”

WRITING IN UNDERGRADUATE BIOSCIENCE: New paper published in CBE Life Science Education (2012)

A new paper, coauthored by GRL Director Julie Libarkin and colleague Gabe Ording, documents the impact of writing assignments on student learning. Three writing assignments generated significant change in student ability to write scientifically, although our results suggest that three is an insufficient number to generate complete development of scientific writing skills. READ AT THEContinue reading “WRITING IN UNDERGRADUATE BIOSCIENCE: New paper published in CBE Life Science Education (2012)”