Education Research: A Light in the Dark

Resources for educators and researchers interested in education research

We will continue to develop this post to provide more content and resources for science educators interested in finding evidence for what works in science education. If you know of tips, content, or resources you think should be represented here, please email Sara at

Resource Title Web Link
CBE–Life Sciences Education(LSE), a free online peer-reviewed journal published by ASCB on biology education research and evidence-based biology teaching link
Mentoring in Active Learning and Teaching (MALT) – The MALT program seeks to establish mentor-mentee relationships in which people at all career levels and institutional types can learn from experienced teachers how to develop effective and engaging teaching practices. link
National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) website – a professional organization dedicated to the field link
A list of science education journals link
National Center for Education Research (NCER) – part of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), the powerhouse for rigorous education research in the US link
American Educational Research Association (AERA) link
CUREnet – network of people and programs that are creating course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) in biology as a means of helping students understand core concepts in biology, develop core scientific competencies, and become active, contributing members of the scientific community. link
ASM-LINK – provide many resources for developing education/undergraduate research program and applying for grants to support it link
Biology Scholars Program (Requires ASM membership; travel grants are available) – Promote engagement in the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) and lead the life science professional societies in new ways of practicing undergraduate teaching and mentoring in the discipline. link
“Lab Management 101” (Sept 2012) – an interesting article from GenomeWeb with a broader approach to the topic link (this now appears to be behind a paywall)

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