The program includes the following items in this order:
University of Oregon-Thailand Science and Math Education Collaboration
Special Session – July 17, 2006
HRH Princess Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol, during her visit to University of Oregon, graciously gave opening remarks at the start of this event.
Video footage of HRH is now available through YouTube-UO.
This session introduces the concept of using an inquiry-based learning approach for science and math with students of all ages. University of Oregon faculty will offer specific examples from Green Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics.
About the Speakers, University of Oregon Faculty
Kenneth Doxsee is a Professor in the Chemistry Department, College of Arts and Sciences. One of his areas of specialization is Green Chemistry. With his colleague, Jim Hutchison, Ken developed the University of Oregon’s Green Organic Chemistry laboratory program and published the world’s first green organic chemistry textbook. The Oregon program has served as a model for chemical educators around the world. Many of the Oregon materials are available through the Greener Education Materials (GEMs) database for chemists, which offers education materials focused on green chemistry.
Dean Livelybrooks is a Senior Instructor in the Physics Department, College of Arts and Sciences. His areas of interest include inquiry-based learning in Physics, Pacific Northwest and San Andreas tectonics using magnetotellurics and tide measurement techniques. Dean has worked with the Oregon Collaborative for Excellence in the Preparation of Teachers (OCEPT) project, which strengthens the math and science preparation of future teachers and encourages greater involvement of underrepresented groups in the teaching profession.
Jill Baxter is an Associate Professor in Teacher Education, College of Education. Her research focuses on the cognitively oriented study of classroom teaching and learning. Her recent research has examined the teaching and learning of mathematics in elementary and middle school classrooms, especially the different ways that students learn about mathematics from various kinds of instruction.
Leslie Opp-Beckman is a Senior Instructor in the MA Language Teaching Specialization program for the Linguistics Department, College of Arts and Sciences. She is has been the coordinator and developer of the Thai-UO videoconferencing series for English as a Foreign Language (EFL) educators. She develops online training, teaches courses, and acts as Technology Coordinator for the American English Institute.
Online Teacher Resources
- Inquiry-based Learning: Explanation, from Thirteen Ed Online’s Concept to Classroom.
- The Inquiry Page, from UIUC.
- Inquiry-based Learning, from Teach-Nology.
- Greener Education Materials (GEMs) database for chemists.
- University of Oregon Green Chemistry Center.
- American Chemical Society (ACS) Green Chemistry Institute.
- Background Readings in Green Chemistry, from ACS Green Chemistry Institute.
Science (Physics) and Math Education
- Science Inquiry Guide handout, developed by Angie Ruzicka. Available as: MS Word or PDF.
- Information on building the “World Cup Soccer Kicker” as shown in the video for this session.
- Oregon Collaborative for Excellence in the Preparation of Teachers (OCEPT) project.