Project Goals

– To evaluate the effectiveness of instructional interventions in undergraduate biology courses.

– To address student misconceptions using research-based frameworks articulated by the Diagnostic Question Clusters (DQC) Group.

Project Leaders

Gail Richmond, John Merrill, & Ron Patterson, Michigan State University

Responsibilities

My project responsibilities included (but were not limited to) meeting transcription, clinical interviews of students, data collection, database management, assessment item development and analysis, curriculum design and analysis, collection and review of relevant literatures, presentations at professional meetings and conferences, and manuscript preparation.

Years of Involvement

2004-2009

Resulting Publication(s)

Richmond G., Merritt B.W., Urban-Lurain, M., & Parker J.M. “The Development of a Conceptual Framework and Tools to Assess Undergraduates’ Principled Use of Models in Cellular Biology.” CBE Life Sci Educ 9, no. 4 (2010): 441-452.

Resulting Presentations

Richmond, G., Parker, J.M., Urban-Lurain, M., Merritt, B.W., Merrill, J.E., & Patterson, R. “Assessment-Informed Instructional Design to Support Principled Reasoning in College-Level Biology.” Paper presented at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) Annual International Conference, Baltimore. 30 Mar 2008.

Moscarella, R.A., Urban-Lurain, M. Merrill, J.E., Richmond, G., Patterson, R., Parker, J.M., Merritt, B.W., Wilson, C.D., & Long, T.M. “Understanding Undergraduate Students’ Conceptions In Science: Using Lexical Analysis Software to Analyze Students’ Constructed Responses in Biology.” Paper presented at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) Annual International Conference, Baltimore. 30 Mar 2008.

Merrill, J.E., Patterson, R., Long, T., & Merritt, B.W. “Personal Response Devices in Large Enrollment Biology Courses.” Presentation at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference, Dallas, TX. 9-12 Oct 2006.

Merritt, B.W., Richmond, G., & Urban-Lurain, M. “Using Educational Technology & Pedagogical Innovation to Promote Undergraduates’ Understanding of Science.” Paper presented at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) Annual International Conference, San Francisco. 5 Apr 2006.

Merrill, J.E., Urban-Lurain, M., Rollins, S., & Merritt, B.W. “Analyzing Student Understanding of Biology Concepts with Text Analysis of Essay Problem Responses.” Paper presented at the LON-CAPA Users’ Conference, Columbia, SC. 7 Jan 2005.