Goals of FIRST II

The goals of the FIRST II national dissemination project are to:

  1. Enable faculty to gain experience in active, inquiry-based science teaching that increases student learning through workshops that model this kind of teaching;
  2. Enable faculty to learn and use multiple assessment strategies that provide evidence of student learning which their peers accept;
  3. Develop eight teams of faculty as professional developers of biology faculty in their regions;
  4. Use field stations, marine laboratories, or other field sites that have an educational mission in eight regions throughout the United States as foci to maintain and expand coalitions of faculty who will implement and sustain reform in undergraduate biology education in their colleges and universities;
  5. Facilitate collaboration among faculty about their reforms toward achieving excellence in science teaching, and about the emerging criteria and strategies for the scholarship of teaching, so that teaching can be recognized, evaluated, and rewarded within institutions;
  6. Support a national dissemination network to sustain improvement in teaching initiated by faculty