Ruth Krumhansl

Professional Title
Research Scientist
About Me (Bio)
Ruth Krumhansl, a research scientist at EDC, is involved in a number of NSF-funded projects related to Earth and Space Science education. She is PI of the Oceans of Data project, a collaboration with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, which is synthesizing knowledge regarding how to design electronic interfaces to make large scientific databases accessible to high school students. She is lead author of Foundation Science: Earth Science, a full-year high school course which stresses inquiry-oriented learning in narrative-driven contexts that are relevant to students.
Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC)

Ocean Tracks is developing and classroom testing powerful Web-based visualization and analysis tools derived from state-of-the-art knowledge about how to support student inquiry with data. Powerful Web-based visualization and analysis tools, derived from state-of-the-art knowledge about how to support student inquiry with data, allow students to learn and apply core concepts in ecology, biology, environmental science, earth science, oceanography, and climate science.

Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC)

This project will address the question: In what ways can research on learning inform the design of interfaces and technology tools to be used by students accessing large scientific data bases? Oceans of Data will (1) conduct a systematic survey of the widely-dispersed research literature and (2) develop and disseminate a knowledge status report, a resource offering guidance for making these large scientific data bases accessible to and usable by high school science classes.