2012 Willamette Valley Biological Education Network (WVBEN) Workshop
Responding to the Mandate of "Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education"
At this meeting, we discussed the recommendations of the AAAS/NSF report, Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education (http://visionandchange.org; look for the Final 2011 report), how they might affect the future of undergraduate biology education in our region, and how biology departments have begun to respond to these recommendations.
“Beyond Assessing Knowledge – Card Sorting, Superheroes, and Moving Towards Measuring Biological Expertise as Described in Vision & Change” - Kimberly Tanner, Associate Professor of Biology, San Francisco State University
How do biology experts structure their thinking about the concepts in their discipline? How is this different from the way those new to the field approach these same ideas? In this interactive keynote address, guest presenter Dr. Kimberly Tanner engaged the audience in thinking about expert and novice thinking in biology by drawing upon her own research that integrates methodologies from science education and cognitive psychology. Approaches to understanding and measuring biological expertise are strongly tied to ideas put forward by the AAAS and the NSF in the recently published, Vision and Change for Undergraduate Biology Education.
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