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Start with the Dolan article as it will give you good overview

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Compiled by "Craig E. Nelson"
Emeritus Professor of Biology, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN [CV with live URLs for some of my articles]  Please request postal address if needed!
• Handelsman, J., Ebert-May D., Beichner, R., Bruns, P., Chang, A., DeHaan, R., et al. 2004. Scientific teaching. Science, 304, 521-522.
[Note the important supplementary materials.] [Focuses on undergraduates.] • Handelsman, J., S. Miller, & C. Pfund. 2006. Scientific Teaching.
Freeman. [Focuses on undergraduates.]
• Mintzes, J. J. & W. H. Leonard (Editors). 2006. Handbook of College
Science Teaching. National Science Teachers Association, NSTA Press.   
[38 Chapters including: 1. Science Anxiety (Mallow); 2. Attitudes in Biology (D. French); 3. Motivation (Glynn & Koballa); 4. Experiential Learning in Large Biology Course (Druger); 7. Concept Mapping (Mintzes); 8. Peer Instruction (Godbey et al.); 11. Developing Scientific Reasoning in Biology (Lawson); 12. Learning Science and Science of Learning (Novak); 13. Conceptually Sequenced Genetics Unit (Crow & Harless); 15. Active Learning (Ueckert & Gess Newsome); 18.
Case Studies (Herreid); 20. Constructive Developmental Pedagogy in Chemistry (Scharberg); 19. Converting Labs from Verification to Inquiry (French & Russell); 31. Applying Conceptual Change Strategies (Stern et al.)] Individual chapters also available from NSTA for $:
• Lord, T. R., D P. French, & L. W. Crow 2009. College Science Teachers Guide to Assessment. NSTA Press
SOCIETY FOR COLLEGE SCIENCE TEACHERS [National Science Teachers Association] NSTA Press. More:
• Cooney, T. M. (Editor). 2003. Teaching Science in the Two-Year College. NSTA Press. [24 JCST articles] • Herrid, C. F. 2006. Start With a Story: The Case Method of Teaching College Science. NSTA Press.
• Lord, T. R., D P. French, & L. W. Crow 2009. College Science Teachers Guide to Assessment. NSTA Press.
• Mintzes, J. J. & W. H. Leonard (Editors). 2006. Handbook of College Science Teaching. NSTA Press. [SEE ABOVE] • NSTA. 2002. Innovative Techniques for Large-Group Instruction. NSTA Press.
• NSTA. 2001. Practicing Science: The Investigative Approach in College Science Teaching. NSTA Press.
• Science Education Resource Center (SERC)
• CIRTL = Center for Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning.
• Ebert-May, D. & Hodder, J. (Eds.) 2008. Pathways to scientific teaching. Sunderland, MA: Sinauer. [Biology] • Seymour, E. & N. M. Hewitt. 1997. Talking About Leaving: Why Undergraduates Leave the Sciences. Westview.
• Taraban R. & R. L. Blanton 2008. Creating Effective Undergraduate Research Programs In Science: The Transformation from Student to Scientist. Teachers College Press.
ESSENTIAL: Overview of STEM SOTL: National Research Council, Board On Science Education, 2008. Workshop on Linking Evidence and Promising Practices in STEM Undergraduate Education.
• Commissioned Pre-Meeting Papers:
• Commissioned Papers June Meeting:
• Presentations June meeting:
• Commissioned Papers, Presentations & Bios for October Meeting:
• Tim Swanwick (Editor). 2010. Understanding Medical Education:
Evidence, Theory and Practice. Association for the Study of Medical Education/Wiley-Blackwell. [SEVERAL Key chapters. Some titles: Teaching and Learning in Medical Education: How Theory Can Inform Practice; Problem-Based Learning; Formative Assessment; Thinking About Research: 
Frameworks, Ethics and Scholarship; Quantitative Research Methods in Medical Education; Qualitative Research Methods in Medical Education;
Evaluation: Improving Practice, Influencing Policy]
• Diane M. Bunce & Renee S. Cole, Editors. 2008. Nuts and Bolts of Chemical Education Research. American Chemical Society (Symposium Series 976).
• Charles Henderson & Kathleen Harper, Editors. 2009. Getting Started in PER. Vol 2 of Reviews in PER [= Physics Education Research]. 
• Robert J. Beichner. 2009. An Introduction to Physics Education Research. [An overview of the field of physics education research, with a short history.]
• Paula V. Engelhardt. 2009. An Introduction to Classical Test Theory as Applied to Conceptual Multiple-choice Tests. [“describes the issues involved in designing a valid and reliable multiple-choice assessment instrument”]
• Valerie K. Otero and Danielle Boyd Harlow. 2009. Getting Started in Qualitative Physics Education Research.
[Sections include: • Research Questions and Study Design, • Collecting Data, • Processing Data, • Coding and Analyzing Data, • Multiple Representations and Making Inferences, • Theoretical perspectives, & • Validity and Reliability in Qualitative Research.]
• Andrew Elby. 2011. Getting Started with Research on Epistemologies and Expectations.
[This is a brief, model review of alternative interpretive frameworks and should be read broadly by SOTL researchers AND scholarly teachers.] • X. Zou. Forthcoming. An Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods in Physics Education.
The NAS is trying hard to help faculty understand the evidence and change how we teach! Entire text of each book can be read FREE online by using “Scan” option. [Earlier titles, too] • NAS. National Research Council. 2008 Workshop: Linking Evidence and Promising Practices in STEM Undergraduate Education.
• Committee on How People Learn, National Research Council [M. Suzanne Donovan & John D. Bransford (Editors)]. 2005. How Students Learn:
History, Mathematics, and Science in the Classroom. National Academy Press. [Can also get Science or Math separately with intro and conclusion.] • Steering Committee on Criteria and Benchmarks for Increased Learning from Undergraduate STEM Instruction, Committee on Undergraduate Science Education. [McCray, R. A., R.L. DeHaan, & J. A. Schuck (Editors)] 2003.
Improving Undergraduate Instruction in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics:
Report of a Workshop. National Research Council, National Academies Press. [NOT SEEN] • Committee on Recognizing, Evaluating, Rewarding, and Developing Excellence in Teaching of Undergraduate Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology. [M.A. Fox & N. Hackerman (Editors)]. 
2001. Evaluating and Improving Undergraduate Teaching in Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology. National Acad. Press.
• National Science Foundation. 1997. User-Friendly Handbook for Mixed Method Evaluations. NSF97-153. Updated 5/00; 131 pp.; Free. PDF:
[See also: User-Friendly Handbook for Project Evaluation. 2002. AND Larry E. Suter and Joy Frechtling. 2000. Guiding Principles for Mathematics and Science Education Research Methods: Report of a Workshop. nsf00113 [Not focused directly on undergraduates but very interesting.]
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