Edwin J. Barea-Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Roland K. and Jane W. Blumberg Professorship in Biosciences
Areas of Specialization
- Learning and Memory
- Science Education
Ph.D. in Biopsychology; Southern Illinois University Carbondale
M.A. in Biopsychology; Southern Illinois University Carbondale
B.A. in Psychology; Inter-American University of Puerto Rico
Dr. Barea-Rodriguez's research interest focuses on investigating and applying the best teaching practices in STEM education. Pedagogy is defined as the method and practice of teaching. Unfortunately, many graduate programs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines do not incorporate pedagogy in their training programs.
Scientific Teaching is a pedagogical method used in undergraduate science courses. The main idea of Scientific Teaching is to help scientists bring to teaching the critical thinking, rigor, creativity, and spirit of experimentation that defines research (Handelsman et. al, 2007). Scientific Teaching involves three major components, Active Learning, Assessment, and Inclusiveness.
Dr. Barea-Rodriguez welcomes students who are interested in investigating the impact of best teaching practices on student retention in STEM disciplines.