The Idsardi lab seeks to improve teaching and learning in science education. Our lab is particularly interested in undergraduate student learning in biology, undergraduate science faculty professional development, and K-12 science teacher development.
Current projects include:
Implementing the Flipped Classroom
Following a workshop for STEM faculty on the flipped classroom approach, this project is studying the various ways STEM faculty implement the flipped classroom and the effects these approaches have on student learning compared to previous iterations using traditional lecture.
Modifying Scientific Research into K-16 Classroom Activities
Project includes developing classroom activities for both K-12 and undergraduate biology classes that support students in learning both core concepts in biology and science practices. Of particular interest is ensuring all students have opportunities to engage in authentic science experiences embedded in undergraduate coursework.
STEM faculty conceptions of how students learn
A wide range of factors include STEM faculty members’ use of various instructional practices. This project explores the role that knowledge of student learning plays in planning, implementing, and evaluating instruction in undergraduate STEM courses.
Assessment practices in undergraduate STEM
As active learning becomes increasingly popular in undergraduate STEM courses faculty will likely use more varied forms of assessment. This project seeks to describe the assessment practices of undergraduate biology instructors who implement a range of instructional practices across various institution types.
There are opportunities for undergraduate and master’s students interested in biology/science education to participate in on-going research and design independent projects. If you are interested please contact me by email to learn more about current education research opportunities.