David McConnell grew up in Northern Ireland where he earned a bachelor’s degree in geology from Queen’s University in Belfast. He subsequently earned graduate degrees from US institutions with a specialization in structural geology but his early experience with university teaching caused him to change his focus to discipline-based education research. David manages a geoscience education research group that includes a mix of undergraduate and graduate students and a postdoc. Check out their popular GeoScience Videos YouTube Channel or visit their blog where they discuss how they use a flipped class format to teach large introductory geology courses.
My research focus is on geoscience education, with specific attention to assessment of learning in introductory courses, the relationship between teaching beliefs and practices, and professional development of graduate students and faculty. Some of our most recent work has resulted in the creation of a collection of short videos suitable for intro courses that are available on our YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/c/Geosciencevideos/). Previous research included multi-institutional studies on the connection between student affect and cognition; transfer of learning through cooperative assessment exercises; large classroom instructional interventions; models and modeling in the geosciences; and studies surrounding the novice-expert continuum of hard to learn geoscience topics.
B.Sc., Geology, Queen's University (Northern Ireland) (1981)
M.S., Geology, Oklahoma State University (1983)
Ph.D., Geology, Texas A&M University (1987)