Colloquium on adding engineering to physical science classes coming April 19

Friday, April 19, 2013 1:00PM
1535A LSRI (1240 West Harrison Street, Chicago, IL)

Join LSRI in welcoming Brian Gane, a post-doctoral fellow at Georgia Institute of Technology, as he presents "What to teach and how to test? Designing curriculum and assessments when adding engineering into a physical science class." 

In his presentation, he will highlight a problem-based learning curriculum that he and colleagues are developing and testing that uses LEGO Mindstorm robotics to integrate engineering design challenges into an 8th grade physical science course. One challenge in situating science learning within engineering contexts, he says, is assessing whether students learn the necessary science content knowledge and science process skills. One of his research strands focuses on designing tests that use distractor-driven multiple-choice items for assessing conceptual understanding and science practices. Gane will review his test development process, including sourcing and mapping items to curricular content, and will present preliminary results from a pilot test of the assessments and curriculum in several 8th grade classrooms. 

His research focuses on developing psychological theories of skill acquisition and testing their implications for instructional and curricular design. April 19, 2013 1:00 – 2:30 LSRI Room 1535A