Summer 2015 Journal Club Papers

July 16, 2015

Schwartz, Daniel L., John D. Bransford, and David Sears. "Efficiency and innovation in transfer." Transfer of learning from a modern multidisciplinary perspective (2005): 1-51.


July 9, 2015

Johnson, David W., and Roger T. Johnson. "An educational psychology success story: Social interdependence theory and cooperative learning." Educational researcher 38.5 (2009): 365-379.      


July 2, 2015

Freeman, Scott, et al. "Active learning increases student performance in science, engineering, and mathematics." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111.23 (2014): 8410-8415.

Video: "Is Lecturing Unethical?"


June 11, 2015

Collins, Allan, John Seely Brown, and Susan E. Newman. "Cognitive apprenticeship: Teaching the crafts of reading, writing, and mathematics." Knowing, learning, and instruction: Essays in honor of Robert Glaser 18 (1989): 32-42.


June 4, 2015

Mazur, Eric. (1997) . Peer instruction . Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 25-31.

Smith, GA 2008, 'First-Day Questions for the Learner-Centered Classroom', The National Teaching & Learning Forum, vol. 17, no. 5, pp. 1-4.


May 28, 2015

Meltzer, David E., and Kandiah Manivannan. "Transforming the lecture-hall environment: The fully interactive physics lecture." American Journal of Physics 70.6 (2002): 639-654.


May 14, 2015

Schwartz, Daniel L., and John D. Bransford. "A time for telling." Cognition and instruction 16.4 (1998): 475-5223.

April 30, 2015

Marra, Rose M., et al. "Women Engineering Students and Self‐Efficacy: A Multi‐Year, Multi‐Institution Study of Women Engineering Student Self‐Efficacy." Journal of Engineering Education 98.1 (2009): 27-38.

Recommended Readings

Books to get started:


Book-Reaching Students

Kober, Nancy. Reaching Students:: What Research Says About Effective Instruction in Undergraduate Science and Engineering . National Academies Press, 2015.

PDF available for download (Free):


Book-How People Learn

Bransford, John D., Ann L. Brown, and Rodney R. Cocking. How people learn: Brain, mind, experience, and school . National Academy Press, 1999.

PDF available for download (Free):

Book-Describing and Measuring

Describing and Measuring STEM Teaching Practices: A Report from a National Meeting on the Measurement of Undergraduate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Teaching , American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2013

PDF available for download (Free):  



Other Pitt-CIRTL Resources (stuff in binder)

The Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC)