We research the role of higher education in creating just and equitable communities – we do this through investigations that reveal causes and consequences of gaps in science literacy, and how educators can design their courses to minimize barriers to success.
Here are examples of questions we address in the lab:
What geographic, cultural, or institutional barriers predict patterns of attrition among historically underserved students in STEM at the undergraduate level?
What types of scalable teaching strategies can instructors employ to reduce gaps in performance and participation in biology classrooms?
How does manipulating small-group gender ratios in active learning courses impact performance and peer evaluations?
How do we define active learning in the context of undergraduate biology education?
How can we use measures of physiological reactivity to study engagement in an undergraduate STEM classroom setting?
What are the mechanisms that underlie learning and performance gaps observed in introductory biology courses?
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What classroom factors impact equitable student participation?