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Upcoming Seminars

Dr. Lin Ding, Ohio State University

Wednesday, April 1st 12:00 - 1:00 pm 13-1340

It's More Than Just Statistics - Theoretical Framework in Quantitative PER Students

When it comes to quantitative educational studies, a common (mis)conception is that it is all about statistics. While proper use of statistics is an integral component of such inquiries, it certainly is not and should not be regarded as the whole focus. At the best, statistics only represents (if appropriately designed and carried out) the methodological stance of an investigation. More important should be the theoretical/conceptual frameworks underlying the research questions of interest that are sought to be answered. Oftentimes, these frameworks are overlooked or left unarticulated, thereby causing important messages about teaching and learning to be overshadowed by heavy statistics. In this talk, I address the critical role of theoretical/conceptual frameworks in empirical PER studies. Also, I provide specific examples from my current research on scientific reasoning to illustrate the nuts and bolts about explicating hidden frameworks in quantitative PER.

Past Seminars


Tuesday, March 17th 2015, 2:00 - 3:00 pm, 13-1350
Gendered Experiences: Illuminating Hidden Inequities in Biology Classrooms

Sarah Eddy, University of Washington

Friday, February 25th 2015, 1:00 - 23:00 pm, 7A-1480
Beyond the classroom: increase the impact of your education innovations by publishing your scholarly teaching materials

Robin Wright, Senior Associate Dean at University of Minnesota

Friday, January 23rd 2015, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, 8-3365
Gendered Experiences in Physics and Astronomy: Understanding Microaggressions and Hostile Sexism

Ramon Barthelemy, Fulbright and University of Jyväskylä, Finland


Wednesday, November 5th 2014, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, 76-1125
Exploring the alignment between workfoce needs and postsecondary education: Preliminary findings from a study of the biotechnology and advanced manufacturing sectors in Wisconsin

Matthew Hora, University of Wisconsin Center for Education Research

Wednesday, October 15th 2014, 1:00 - 2:00 pm, 8-3365
Using Reflection to Promote Deep Understanding in STEM Classrooms

Dimitri Dounas-Frazer, CU-Boulder

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Leanne Wells, Florida International University

Thursday, June 12th 2014, 12:00 - 1:00 pm, 76-1275
Development of a Conceptual Assessment to Gauge Student Mastery of Molecular Biology at Graduation

Brian Couch, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Wednesday, April 23rd 2014, 10:00 - 11:30 am, 76-1230
Using and Developing Measurement Instruments for Discipline-Based Education Research

Vashti Sawtelle, University of Maryland

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Dawn Rickey, Colorado State University

Wednesday, February 26th 2014, 3:00 - 4:3, 08-2300
Designing a Course to Support Students in Building Interdisciplinary Connections

Xiufeng Liu, State University of New York at Buffalo


Thursday, November 21st 2013, 2:30 - 3:30 pm, 78-2220
Investigating students' understanding of matrix multiplication through Resources and Framing framework

Warren Christensen, North Dakota State University

Thursday, November 7th 2013, 2:30 - 3:30 pm, 8-1154
Let them play ball: Transforming the science classroom with the C.R.E.A.T.E. Strategy

Kristy Kenyon, Hobart and William Smith College

Wednesday, September 25th 2013, 1:00 - 1:50pm, 78-1250
Undergraduate research at the community college: Models and best practices

Jim Hewlett, Director of Biotechnology, Finger Lakes Community College

Thursday, April 18th 2013, 2:00 - 3:00pm, 76-1125
Problem-based learning in the general chemistry laboratory: Initial outcomes for students and teaching assistants

Megan Grunert, Department of Chemistry, Western Michigan University

Thursday, May 2nd 2013, 11:00 - 12:00 pm, 76-1125
Promoting scientific reasoning abilities in existing courses

Kathy Koenig, Department of Physics & Department of Science Education, University of Cincinnati

Tuesday, January 22nd 2013, 1:00 - 1:50 pm, 8-3305
The Forgotten R's of Chemistry Education

Sam Pazicni, Department of Chemistry, University of New Hampshire


Friday, December 7th 2012, 12:00 - 12:50pm, 8-A300
Post-Examination Retention of Knowledge in Chemistry
Jessica VandenPlas, Chemistry Department, Grand Valley State University - Allendale, MI

Wednesday, November 28th 2012, 3:00 - 3:50pm, 9-3139
Seeing the Unseen: How and What Students Learn from Visualizations in Biology

Brian Rybarczyk, Director, Graduate Student Academic & Professional Development, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Tuesday, October 9th 2012, 12:00 - 12:50 pm, 76-1275
Thinking Like a Physicist

Eleanor Sayre, Department of Physics, Kansas State University

Tuesday, September 4th 2012, 10:00 - 10:50 am, 8-3000
Tactile Teaching Tools for Active Learning in Science

Margaret Franzen, Center for BioMolecular Modeling, Milwaukee School of Engineering

Wednesday, April 25th 2012, 2:00 - 3:00 pm, 76-1275
We're All Unique --- Just Like Everyone Else

Erika Offerdahl, North Dakota State University

Tuesday, February 21st 2012, 12:00 - 1:00 pm, 76-1275
Learning to listen: Gathering information on thinking and learning

Michael Wittmann, Department of Physics, University of Maine

Tuesday, February 14th 2012, 12:00 - 1:00 pm, 76-1275
The Challenges of Spreading and Sustaining Research-Based Instruction in Undergraduate Physics

Charles Henderson, Western Michigan University


Tuesday, December 13th 2011, 12:00 - 1:00 pm, 76-1275
Preparing undergraduates for instructional roles: Insights from the Colorado Learning Assistant Model

Laurie Langdon, The University of Colorado-Boulder

Wednesday, November 16th 2011, 2:00 - 3:00 pm, 76-1275
Problematic concepts for experimental design

Nancy Pelaez, Purdue University

Wednesday, September 21st 2011, 2:00 - 3:00 pm, 76-2274
Eye-Tracking Climate: The role of imagery in climate change cognition

Julie Libarkin, Dept. of Geological Sciences