THE INVENTORY OF EDUCATIONAL PRACTICES AND THE INVENTORY OF GEOSCIENCE DEPARTMENT AND PROGRAM PRACTICES: TWO NEW INSTRUMENTS IN DEVELOPMENT FROM THE SAGE 2YC PROJECT
The Inventory of Educational Practices focuses on evidence-based practices that individual faculty members can implement, both within and outside of the classroom. It has sections of questions about how often faculty incorporate active learning strategies; how often students engage in doing what scientists do; how often faculty incorporate metacognitive, motivational, and scaffolding strategies in their teaching; what kinds of opportunities faculty tell students about; and what actions faculty take to support students’ professional pathways into the geosciences.
The Inventory of Geoscience Department / Program Practices focuses on evidence-based practices that geoscience departments or programs can implement. It has sections of questions about course and program design and assessment; attracting students to your program; fostering a sense of belonging; supporting and engaging a diverse population of students; facilitating students’ professional pathways into the geosciences; and departmental culture.
In constructing these inventories, we have borrowed from other surveys where appropriate and have written additional items as needed to address the SAGE 2YC project goals. Where we have written additional items, these are based on evidence-based practices from the research literature. Either instrument can be used to trace changes over time through multiple applications. We have piloted both instruments with nearly two dozen faculty members at more than a dozen two-year colleges.