UNL Discipline-Based Education Research (DBER) Group

Official UNL DBER Group Website 

The official UNL DBER Group Website is http://www.unl.edu/dber/ .  The primary goal of UNL's DBER Group is to bring together faculty members from STEM and education fields who share a common interest in advancing STEM education through both basic and applied research.


UNL's DBER Group meetings are intended to promote discussion about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education research and findings, primarily conducted at the undergraduate level, as well as about their potential applications and implications.  The meetings are intended to bring together those who conduct education research in STEM disciplines at the undergraduate level. This includes faculty, post docs, and graduate and undergraduate student researchers.  Also welcome are those who conduct STEM education research at K-12 levels and those who are generally interested in and support science education research. Meetings are collegial and intended to facilitate the exchange of ideas and connect researchers with similar interests.

The UNL DBER Group meetings are intended to promote discussion of STEM education research and foster discussion about the findings, their applications to the practice of teaching, their implications for education administration and policy, and more.  How exactly the meetings are spent is defined by the interests of the DBER Group.  For instance, DBER Group members volunteer to discuss the findings of completed research, talk about research actively in progress, outline new research directions, test-run or run a workshop related to their education research interests, discuss education issues relevant to campus, invite off-campus speakers, etc.  Speakers are encouraged to to allow ample time for discussion of ideas (e.g. ~30-40 min talk, followed by ~10-20 min of discussion).

Support for the Discipline-Based Education Research Group comes from the Center for Science, Mathematics, and Computer Education; NebraskaSCIENCE; the Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences; the Department of Chemistry; and the School of Biological Sciences.