IAS News

Price and Ferrare: Comparing Modes of Instruction with Instructor Beliefs

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IAS faculty members Becca Price and Joe Ferrare, along with Clark Coffman (Iowa State) have published an article in a series of annotations that introduce scholars to biology education research. The original paper (by Ferrare) describes how college science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses are taught, and how the instructors’ teaching styles correspond to their beliefs about the way students learn. The paper concludes ...

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Virtual Charter Schools Negatively Impact Students

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A new paper co-authored by IAS faculty member Joseph Ferrare finds that for-profit virtual charter schools have a strong, negative impact on student learning in math and English/Language Arts. The study, which was recently published in the journal Educational Researcher, was a collaboration with colleagues from the University of Notre Dame and University of Kentucky. In the study ...

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Melanie Malone receives Curriculum Innovation Award

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IAS faculty member Melanie Malone and colleagues from an NSF IGERT program won a Curriculum Innovation Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools and Planning. The award honors excellence in teaching and design of learning experiences that are accessible, engaging, and effective for all students. Read the full award annoumcement.

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Margaret Redsteer publishes “Sand Dunes, Modern and Ancient, on the Southern Colorado Plateau Tribal Lands, Southwestern USA”

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IAS faculty member Margaret Redsteer published “Sand Dunes, Modern and Ancient, on the Southern Colorado Plateau Tribal Lands, Southwestern USA” in Inland Dunes of North America.  In her chapter, Redsteer describes how understanding the past, and documenting the current and future potential for sand dune mobility, provides important insights about climate variability and change, particularly in regions prone to drought. Changes to ...

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Pandemic shortens Mariah Crystal’s Fulbright research in Namibia

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Making the most of her time, Mariah Crystal (M.A. in Policy Studies ’10) was able to conduct much of her Fulbright research in Namibia before she was told to return home because of the coronavirus pandemic. Crystal’s research and writing focus on the role of women in the movement that led to Namibia’s independence from South Africa in 1990.

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