The UNL DBER Group meetings are intended to promote discussion about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education research and findings, primarily conducted at the undergraduate level, as well as about their potential applications and implications. This kind of research and change that it can inform in college-level STEM education depends on multi-faceted inputs and support. Thus, the DBER Group is comprised of faculty, staff, and students from STEM, education, and other fields who share a common interest in studying and transforming STEM education (formal and informal, pK-16+) through both basic and applied research
The UNL DBER Group meetings and seminar are intended to promote discussion of STEM education research and foster discussion about the findings, their applications to the practice of teaching, their implications for education administration and policy, and more. How exactly the meetings are spent is defined by the interests of the active members of the DBER Group. For instance, DBER Group members volunteer to discuss the findings of completed research, talk about research actively in progress, outline new research directions, test-run or run a workshop related to their education research interests, discuss education issues relevant to campus, invite off-campus speakers, etc. Seminar speakers are encouraged to to allow ample time for discussion of ideas (e.g. ~30-40 min talk, followed by ~10-20 min of discussion).
In addition to our weekly seminar, we also host other types of activities such as workshops (e.g., grant writing workshop series in Spring 2013) and social learning activities (e.g., ice cream get-togethers and 'field trips' to learn about each others' research).
NSF grant-writing workshop for education-related projects Learning about bumble bee habitats and citizen science (peek-a-boo!)
Support for the Discipline-Based Education Research Group comes from the Center for Science, Mathematics, and Computer Education; NebraskaSCIENCE; the Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences; the Department of Chemistry; the School of Biological Sciences; and the School of Natural Resources.