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Are We Having A Broader Impact?

Tanner, Kimberly D. [1].

Beyond Assessing Knowledge: Card Sorting, Superheroes, and Moving Towards Measuring Biological Expertise among Undergraduate Students.

How do biology experts structure their thinking about the concepts in their discipline? How is this different from the way those new to the field approach these same ideas? How could we approach measuring the structure of student thinking in biology, namely emerging biological expertise, as opposed to measuring only student knowledge in the discipline? In this interactive presentation, Dr. Kimberly Tanner will engage the audience in thinking about expert and novice thinking in biology by drawing upon her own research that integrates methodologies from science education and cognitive psychology. The development of a novel biology expertise card-sorting task will be shared, along with preliminary findings from non-biology majors (novices) and biology faculty (experts). Approaches to understanding and measuring biological expertise are strongly tied to ideas put forward by the AAAS and the NSF in the recently published, Vision and Change for Undergraduate Biology Education and to understanding whether we are having a broader impact. In addition, an understanding of how we could measure the development of biology expertise among undergraduate students is key to gauging the impact of undergraduate biology on student learning.

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1 - San Francisco State University, Biology, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA, 94132, USA

science education
active learning.

Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Session: SY02
Location: Delaware B/Hyatt
Date: Monday, July 9th, 2012
Time: 9:15 AM
Number: SY02003
Abstract ID:218

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