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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Board on Science Education
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education


Commissioned Papers

Status, Contributions, and Future Direction of Discipline-Based Education Research (DBER)


Promoting Evidence-Based Change In Undergraduate Science Education

Ann Austin


Astronomy Education Research: Developmental History of the Field and Summary of Literature

Janelle M. Bailey
The Development Of Research In Chemical Education As A Field Of Study

George M. Bodner


A Developmental History of Physics Education Research

Karen Cummings


Education research in the biological sciences: A nine decade review

Robert DeHaan


The Current Status and Future Direction of Biology Education ResearchMatrix

Clarissa Dirks


A Synthesis of Discipline-Based Education Research in Physics

Jennifer Docktor and Jose Mestre


The Role of Spatial Thinking in Undergraduate Science Education

Mary Hegarty


Chronological and Ontological Development of Engineering Education as a Field of Scientific Inquiry

Jack Lohmann and Jeffrey Froyd


Applying the Science of Learning to Undergraduate Science Education

Richard Mayer


Michael Piburn, Kaatje van der Hoeven Kraft, and Heather Pacheco


Epistemological Similarities and Differences Among the Sciences

Elliott Sober


Synthesis of the Research on Teaching and Learning in Engineering since the Implementation of ABET Engineering Criteria 2000         

Marilla Svinicki


Review and synthesis of research in Chemical Education from 2000-2010

Marcy Towns and Adam Kraft



These papers were commissioned for the Committee on the Status, Contributions, and Future Directions of Discipline-Based Education Research through support from the National Science Foundation. These papers were presented at committee meetings between June 2010 and July 2011.  Opinions and statements included in the paper are solely those of the individual author, and are not necessarily adopted or endorsed or verified as accurate by the Board on Science Education or the National Academy of Sciences, including the National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, or National Research Council.

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