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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).
- concept inventories focused on multiple representations
- cross-validation studies of published instruments to reduce assessment fatigue
Inquiry & Laboratory Learning. We investigate learning in the laboratory and design guided inquiry experiments for analytical, inorganic, organic, and biophysical chemistry courses.
- measuring meaningful learning in the laboratory
- faculty cognitive, affective, & psychomotor goals for learning in the laboratory
- concepts and inquiry as pathways to learning chemistry for at-risk students
- inquiry experiments:
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.