Discipline-Based Education Research (DBER)

Improving teaching and learning in STEM.


Karen McNeal, Molette Endowed Professor


Research Summary

The McNeal Research Group investigates geoscience teaching and learning challenges in formal and informal settings. We examine how to improve teaching and learning around spatial thinking, Earth system science, and climate change; how to increase student engagement in the classroom; and, how to broaden participation in the field. The implementation and evaluation of the co-production of science and the assessment of climate change information/ communication approaches are also key areas in the McNeal research group. Our work ties together the affective and cognitive domains of learning and we use a suite of tools including psychomotor tools (e.g., eye-tracking and skin biosensors), psychometric tools (e.g., concept inventories, attitudinal surveys), and open-ended approaches (e.g., interviews, concept-maps, etc.) in our research.



Science Education Resource Center 

NAGT GER Division 

Discipline-Based Education Research (DBER) Understanding and Improving Learning in Undergraduate Science and Engineering


List of GER Graduate Programs

Geocognition Research Laboratory 


GER Jobs

AGU Pathfinder Career Center 

Geoscience Job Board 



National Organizations and Meetings

National Association of Geoscience Teachers 

Earth Educator's Rendezvous 

Geological Society of America  

American Geophysical Union 


International Organizations and Meetings

International Geoscience Education Organisation