Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (Conference/Workshop/Seminar)
Erika Offerdahl, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; School of Education, North Dakota State University, Fargo, will present a faculty promotion seminar entitled, "Lowering the Activation Energy: Characterizing the Parameters and Mechanisms in the Catalysis of Student Learning in Science".
Undergraduate science classrooms are complex systems comprised of multiple, interacting components with the ultimate function of affecting student learning. Our research focuses on unpacking these systems to ultimately characterize the underlying mechanisms that catalyze student learning in science. I will share the results of our research efforts to characterize a number of individual components of the system (e.g. student, curriculum) and the nature of the interactions between those components (e.g. assessment). A significant portion of the presentation will be dedicated to a discussion of the role of assessment in developing students' scientific expertise and more recent work examining the development of visual thinking in undergraduate biochemistry.
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; School of Education
Wendy J. Leach firstname.lastname@example.org
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