“Perception, Visualization, Cognition, and Learning in Introductory Science Courses”.
BIO: Dr. Stephen J. Reynolds is a Professor of Geology at Arizona State University. Prior to that, he spent 10 years directing the geologic framework and mapping program at the Arizona Geological Survey. During the past 15 years, he and his colleagues completed geologic maps for more than twenty previously unmapped mountain ranges in Arizona. He has completed more than 100 published geologic maps, articles, and reports, including the most recent Geologic Map of Arizona. He is a co-Principal Investigator of ACEPT (Arizona Collaboration for Excellence in the Preparation of Teachers), a major NSF-funded science education reform movement being coordinated at ASU. As part of this program, Steve and his colleages are reforming the introductory geology classes at ASU and other ACEPT-participating schools, with the goal of incorporating more hands-on, active learning, critical inquiry, scientific reasoning, and multimedia. Steve also has an active science-outreach program, including giving talks at teacher workshops, appearing on PBS specials, and narrating geologic videos for the new Arizona Science Center.