Best Practices in Education and Human Resource Development

CfAO Education and Human Resources Program

The Center for Adaptive Optics (CfAO) Education and Human Resources (EHR) program is committed to developing educational projects that utilize "best practices," strategies that have emerged from research or successful programs. This summary is a compilation of publications that are related to the five educational goals of the CfAO. The intent of this document is to stimulate proposals that are aligned with current best practices and to provide a starting point for future discussions and debates. Additionally, it should provide resources and references to CfAO education project leaders. This list is not considered to be complete—but rather a starting point from which to add. Please send any comments or suggestions (especially relevant reports or publications not included here) to the CfAO EHR program.

National Center for Education Statistics:

Teaching and Learning:
National Research Council. (2000). Inquiry and the National Science Education Standards. Washington, DC. National Academy Press.
National Research Council. (2000). How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School. Washington, DC. National Academy Press.

Teacher Professional Development:
National Research Council (1996). The Role of Scientists in the Professional Development of Science Teachers. Washington, DC. National Academy Press.

National Research Council (2001). Educating Teachers of Science, Mathematics, and Technology: New Practices for the New Millenium. Washington, DC. National Academy Press.

National Research Council. (1996). National Science Standards. Washington, DC. National Academy Press.

Instructional Materials:
National Research Council. (1999). Designing Mathematics or Science Curriculum Programs: A Guide for Using Mathematics and Science Education Standards. Washington, DC. National Academy Press.

Undergraduate Science Education:
Astin, A.W., & Astin, H.S. (1993). Undergraduate science education: The impact of different college environments on the educational pipeline in the sciences. Los Angeles, CA: Higher Education Research Institute, UCLA.

Committee of Undergraduate Science Education, National Research Council (1999). Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology. National Academy Press.

Pascarella, E., & Terenzini, P. (1991). How college affects students. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Student Retention in Higher Education:
Tinto, V. (1987, 1993). Leaving college: Rethinking the causes and cures of student attrition. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press

Tinto, Vincent. (1996). Reconstructing the first year of college. Planning for Higher Education. 25:1-6.

Seymour, E., & Hewitt, N.M. (1997). Talking about leaving: Why undergraduates leave the sciences. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.

Recruitment and Retention of Underrepresented Groups:
U.S. Department of Education. National Center for Education Statistics. (2000). Entry and Persistence of Women and Minorities in College Science and Engineering Education, NCES 2000-601. Washington, DC.

National Task Force on Minority High Achievement. (1999). Reaching the Top: A Report of the National Task Force on Minority High Achievement. New York, NY. The College Board.

George, Y., Neale, D. Van Horne, V., Malcom, S. (in preparation). Research Needs Related to the Science, Mathematics, and Engineering (SME) Experiences and Achievements of Underrepresented Minorities (URM) from the High School Years into the Professoriate. New York, NY. American Association for the Advancement of Sciences. (Lisa Hunter has a draft that can be forwarded).

Allen, W.R. (1992). The color of success: African American college student outcomes at predominantly white and historically black colleges and universities. Harvard Educational Review, 62(1), 26-44.

Borman, G.D., Stringfield, S., Rachuba, L. (2000). Advancing Minority High Achievement: National Trends and Promising Programs and Practices. NY: The College Board. Available at:

Carmichael, J.W., Labat, D., Hunter, J., Preivett, J, & Sevenair, J.P. (1993). Minorities in the biological sciences: The Xavier success story and some implications. Bioscience, 43, 564-569.

Fullilove, R., & Triesman, U. (1990). Mathematics achievement among African-American undergraduates at the University of California at Berkeley. An evaluation of the Math Workshop Program. Journal of Negro Education, 59, 463-478.

Ga/ndara, P., & Maxwell-Jolly, J. (1999). Priming the pump: Strategies for increasing the achievement of underrepresented minority undergraduates. NY: College Board.

Hilton, T.L, Hsia, J., Solarzano, D.G., & Benton, N.L. (1989). Persistence in science of high-
ability minority students. Princeton, NJ: Educational Testing Service.

Hrabowshi, F.A. III, Maton, K.I. and Greif, G.L. 1998. Beating the Odds. Raising Academically Successful African American Males. Oxford University Press, New York.

Land of Plenty. Diversity as America’s Competitive Edge in Science, Engineering and Technology. 2000.

Malcolm, S., Van Horne, V., Yolanda, G., & Gaddy, C. (1998). Losing ground: Science and engineering graduate education of Black and Hispanic Americans. Washington, DC: AAAS.

Malcolm, S. 2000. Minority Ph.D. Production in SME Fields: Distributing the Work? Washington, DC: AAAS Making Strides.

Maton, K.I., Hrabrowski, F.A., & Schmitt, C.L. (in press). African American college students excelling in the sciences: College and post-college outcomes in the Meyerhoff Scholars Program. Journal of Research and Science Teaching.

Miller, L.S. (1995). An American imperative: Accelerating minority educational achievement. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Pearson, W., & Warner, I. (1999). Mentoring experiences of African American Ph.D. Chemists. In H.T. Frierson, Jr. (Ed.), Diversity in Higher Education. Volume II: Examining mentoring protege experiences. Greenwich, CT: JAI Press.

Steele, C.M. (1997). A threat in the air: How stereotypes shape intellectual identity and performance. American Psychologist, 52, 613-629.

Treisman, U. (1992). Studying students studying calculus: A look at the lives of minority mathematics students in college. The College Mathematics Journal, 23, 362-372.

Graduate Education
Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy, National Academy of Sciences (1995). Reshaping the Graduate Education of Scientists and Engineers. Washington, DC: National Academy Press.

Physics Education Research
Coming soon.

Informal Education
Coming soon.

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