July 13, 2018
Dr. Caryl Fish, professor of interdisciplinary science and chair of the interdisciplinary science department at Saint Vincent College, was recently named to the nine-member steering committee of the POGIL Project.
The POGIL Project serves to connect and support educators from all disciplines interested in implementing, improving and studying student-centered pedagogies and learning environments. It works to disseminate its unique pedagogy, POGIL, at the secondary and college levels through professional development workshops as well as the production of curricular materials. POGIL is an acronym for Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning. Classrooms and laboratories implementing this approach to learning typically include self-managed teams that employ the instructor as a facilitator of learning rather than a source of information, activities that guide students through an exploration of a topic or idea to construct understanding and a strong emphasis on the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills. As a member of the committee, Fish will provide definition and direction to the goals of The Project.
Two additional educators were named to the committee including Ashley Mahoney, Ph.D., Bethel University; and Kristin Plessel, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Rock County. They, along with Fish, officially began their terms at the 2018 POGIL National Meeting in St. Louis in June.
"I am pleased to have such outstanding educators join our Steering Committee," said POGIL Project Executive Director Rick Moog. "Each brings a wealth of knowledge in both STEM education and student-oriented guided-inquiry practice. Their passion and vision for POGIL will help us in our goal of transforming education, both within and beyond the classroom."
Fish will have oversight of the POGIL Project's feedback process and development of an activity clearinghouse for POGIL-approved materials. She and Mahoney will share oversight of The Project's Strategic Plan Goal 2, which seeks to increase the availability of high-quality POGIL activities with a particular emphasis on those designed for use in STEM disciplines.
Fish received her B.A. from Manchester College, M.B.A. from the University of Dayton and Ph.D. from State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Her work focuses on abandoned mine drainage remediation and science education. She has been involved with the POGIL Project since 2006 and has contributed to three National Science Foundation (NSF) funded projects related to POGIL.
Two of the projects Fish has contributed to were related to writing, reviewing and testing analytical chemistry POGIL activities. The other project focused on developing and testing rubrics to assess and give feedback to students on process skills. She has also been a facilitator for POGIL workshops at the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE) and POGIL Regional Meetings. Currently, Fish is working on the development of a coalition comprised of faculty interested in writing, reviewing and testing environmental science activities.
For more information on The POGIL Project, please visit www.pogil.org.
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