Research

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Ausubel & Novak's Theory of Meaningful Learning guides research in the Bretz group. Our research interests include:

Assessment of Student Learning.  We develop instruments to measure cognitive and affective dimensions of learning. We are interested in students' misconceptions (particularly regarding representations) and metacognition (learning how to learn).

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Inquiry & Laboratory Learning. We investigate learning in the laboratory and design guided inquiry experiments for analytical, inorganic, organic, and biophysical chemistry courses.

Students in the Bretz CER Group co-design their research projects, and in doing so, have the opportunity to learn a wide variety of research skills and techniques:

  • survey design and item development
  • statistics, classical test theory, and item response theory
  • semi-structured interview and observation protocols
  • qualitative data analyses
  • human subject protocols
  • software packages such as SPSS, NVivo, Livescribe, Qualtrics

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Numbers 0733642/1432466. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

© 2017   Stacey Lowery Bretz   Miami University   Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry   Oxford, OH 45056   bretzsl@miamioh.edu   513.529.3731