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Abstract Title: Personal epistemologies as barriers and facilitators to learning by Science and Engineering undergraduate students
Abstract: I am the principal investigator of a SSHRC grant with the above title. I have developed a suite of activities that seem to get students to evaluate their understanding in terms of two alternative frameworks; Aristotle, and Galileo & Newton. Students become aware that the frameworks relate concepts from different parts of the course and learn to evaluate the frameworks. We plan to develop and deploy instruments that can measure changes in students' learning before and after using the array of activities.
Data will be collected in several post-secondary institutions. Interviews will be conducted by research assistants under the supervision of professors on the team. The first year of the program (2010-11) is to involve development and testing of the instruments to be used to examine changes in student epistemologies.
In this roundtable, I and one of my co-applicants, Tetyana Antimirova would like to discuss what instruments should be used.
Abstract Type: Round Table Discussion

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Calvin S. Kalman
Physics/Concordia University
7141 Sherbrooke St. West
Montreal, Quebec, Canada H4B 1R6
Phone: 514-848-2424x3284
Fax: 514-848-2828
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Tetyana Antimirova
Physics Department
Ryerson University
Toronto, Ontario
M5B 2K3

Tel: (416) 979-5000 ext. 7416
Fax: (416) 979-5343
E-Mail: antimiro -at- ryerson.ca