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I am interested in discovering teaching pedagogies that improve student critical thinking skills. Currently I am collaborating with a colleague in biology to assess critical thinking skill improvement in general education science courses. We have tested such strategies as writing, the use of case studies, and community-based inquiry.
I am also interested in using the environment as a context for integrated learning in K-16 classrooms. For example, in Project CAT (Cougars and Teaching) at Cle Elum/Roslyn School District students asked the question: "How is Cle Elum changing when viewed through the eyes of a cougar?" Students worked with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to collar and track cougars. Students working with me have created integrated curricula tied to Project CAT. I have also been working with the Ellensburg School District to integrate around a Yakima River Watershed theme. Recently we received a large NSF grant to support this work by having chemistry graduate students work in 5th-12th grade classrooms. Many students have done academic service learning projects with me including developing curricula, creating contextual learning, and designing a state park interpretive trail brochure.
North Seattle Community College (NSCC) and Central Washington University (CWU) will collaborate to aDr. Levente Fabry Promoted
Central Washington University chemistry faculty member Dr. Levente Fabry was promoted to full profesDr. Gil Belofsky And Dr. Yingbin Ge Promoted
Central Washington University chemistry faculty were granted tenure and promoted to Associate Profes