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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.