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Characteristics of Ideal Spaces for Science
Arriving at spaces for science that serve your community well for years to come requires both knowing what questions to ask and having a vision of what might be. We present a series of questions raised by institutional teams entering into the planning process, as well as a statement of the collective vision of PKAL leaders about the ideal 21st century science building, accompanied by a survey which can be used by individual campuses to determine their collective vision about facilities that serve their community.

What Works Statements

What Works: Building Spaces for Science that Make a Difference

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The Creative Campus: Who's No. 1?
Printed in "The Chronicle Review," October 1, 2004 edition, this article measures college "creativity" and defines the important features of a creative campus.


A community that "works"
In PKAL-sponsored events over the years, participants have reflected on how the character of their community affects the process of planning, building, and sustaining strong programs.
A PKAL essay: K-12 science teachers: partners in community
College faculty should recognize that their students are bridges that link their world to the high schools: high school teachers pass students on to college, and many of those same students prepare in college for careers as teachers. The natural science community bridges the gap between levels of schooling.
Reaching for Science Literacy
Lynn A. Steen
From the July/August 1991 issue of Change magazine, this article by Lynn Arthur Steen describes what works in building natural science communities and addresses science literacy for all.
Reflection on Novak's "On the politics of teaching reform"
David S. Koetje
David Koetje reflects on Gregor Novak's essay and his own experiences with changes in the biology curriculum at Calvin College.
Spaces & Community
Jeanne L. Narum
A picture is worth a thousand words when talking about spaces and community.
Success in transforming the undergraduate learning environment
From PKAL's examination of the work of institutions having demonstrable success in transforming the undergraduate learning environment, we determine that on these campuses there is...
The collaborative, community-building, results-oriented approach
Charisse M. Buising, LaRhee Henderson
A car ride to a PKAL meeting at Beloit College sparked a conversation leading to a collaborative, community-building, results-oriented approach in courses.

Books & Publications

"Nature Justly Viewed" in A Free and Ordered Space: The Real World of the University
As the Yale Freshman Address, this speech by President A. Bartlett Giamatti describes how liberal education, which develops the search for "seeing the truth humanely and wholly," defines a great university.
Education in the Nation's Service
Selected quotes from this text focus on Wilsonian ideas and ideals and comment on how college should be a "community of scholars and pupils" - a "mode of association."
Mission of the University
Selected quotes by Jose Ortega Y Gasset reflect on the importance of defining an institutional mission and of restoring "enlightenment" to university teaching in order to cultivate educated men and women.

Best Ideas

Jigsaw: Group D

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