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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).


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.

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