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Abstract Title: Targeting Student Success and Retention through Development of Scientific Reasoning Skills
Abstract: SM 101, "Scientific Thought and Method", was designed to target students interested in majoring in science but who entered college unprepared for the academic rigors of such degrees.  The course integrates explicit scientific reasoning training techniques into the context of multi-disciplinary scientific investigations in an effort to develop those skills deemed necessary for success in future majors' courses.  Targeted skills include proportional, probabilistic, correlational, and hypothetico-deductive reasoning as well as identification and control of variables and cohesive scientific arguments.  The course was piloted in Fall 2007 and Spring 2008 to roughly 50 students.  The poster will include specifics about the course, course curriculum, and the results of the study that was implemented to determine the effectiveness of SM 101 at meeting its objectives.  Successes, as well as challenges, will be addressed in terms of how the course will be modified for Fall quarter 2008.  Supported by NSF grant number DUE-0622466.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Kathleen Koenig
Wright State University
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dept of Physics
Dayton, OH 45435
Phone: 937-775-3139
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Melissa Schen, Wright State University
Doug Bradley-Hutchison, Sinclair Community College
Michele Wheatly, Wright State University