Project goals

– To develop assessments that can inform undergraduate science instruction by focusing on undergraduates’ ability to explain and predict geological and biological phenomena.

– To assess how undergraduates trace matter, energy, and/or information through biological and geological processes at multiple scales.

Project leader

Joyce Parker (PI), 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.

Project Funding

National Science Foundation

Project Link

http://dqc.crcstl.msu.edu/

Years of Involvement

2004-2009

Resulting Publications

Parker, J.M., Anderson, C.W., Heidemann, M., Merrill, J.E., Merritt, B.W., Richmond, G., & Urban-Lurain, M. “Exploring Undergraduates’ Understanding of Photosynthesis Using Diagnostic Question Clusters.” CBE Life Sci Educ 11, no. 1 (2012): 47-57.

Wilson, C.D., Anderson, C.W., Heidemann, M., Merrill, J.E., Merritt, B.W., Richmond, G., Sibley, D., Urban-Lurain, M., & Parker, J.M. “Tracing Matter and Energy through Biological and Geological systems: Fundamental Problems of Students’ Understanding.” In Proceedings of the National STEM Assessment Conference: Washington, D.C., October 19-21, 2006, edited by Donald Deeds and Bruce Callen, 219-226. Washington, D.C.: Drury University, 2007.

Wilson C.D., Anderson C.W., Heidemann M., Merrill J.E., Merritt B.W., Richmond G., Sibley D.F., & Parker J.M. “Assessing students’ ability to trace matter in dynamic systems in cell biology.” CBE Life Sci Educ 5, no. 4 (2006): 323-331.

Resulting Presentations

Wilson, C.D., Merritt, B.W., Anderson, C.W., Merrill, J.E., & Parker, J.M. “Principled Reasoning and Procedural Display in Undergraduate Biology Education: A Model for Assessment.” Paper presented at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) Annual International Conference, Baltimore. 30 Mar 2008.

Parker, J.M., Anderson, C.W., Merrill, J.E., Heidemann, M., Long, T., Merritt, B.W., Richmond, G., Sibley, D., Urban-Lurain, M., & Wilson, C.D. “Where has all the carbon gone? A thought paper on frameworks for assessing biology understanding.” Paper presented at the Conceptual Assessment in Biology (CAB) Conference, Boulder, CO. 3-4 Mar 2007.

Merritt, B.W. “Developing a Framework for Diagnostic Assessment of Students’ Reasoning about Photosynthesis.” Poster presented at the NSF-Drury University STEM Assessment Conference: Assessment of Student Achievement (ASA), Washington, D.C. 19-21 Oct 2006.

Wilson, C.D., Anderson, C.W., Heidemann, M., Merrill, J.E., Merritt, B.W., Richmond, G., Sibley, D., Urban-Lurain, M., Parker, J. “Tracing Matter and Energy through Biological and Geological systems: Fundamental Problems of Students’ Understanding.” Paper presented at the NSF-Drury University STEM Assessment Conference: Assessment of Student Achievement (ASA), Washington, D.C. 19-21 Oct 2006.