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Invited Guest Speakers


 

 Dr. Kimberly Tanner


The School of Molecular Biosciences Seminars Series & the CVM Teaching Academy Presents "Beyond Assessing Knowledge"

November 3-4, 2014

 TannerDr. Kimberly Tanner, PhD - is an Associate Professor of Biology at San Francisco State University (SFSU) and recognized leader in the field of Discipline-Based Educational Research.

Dr. Tanner is one of the founders of the Science Education Partnership and Assessment Laboratory (SEPAL) at SFSU that facilitates and investigates the impact of scientist-teacher partnerships as a mechanism of science education reform and K-20+ articulation.   She has worked extensively at the national level to enhance life sciences education, including serving as a mentor in the National Academy of Sciences Scientific Teaching Institutes, serving as a member of the Steering Committee for the National Academies Scientific Teaching Academy, and being an author of the 2011 AAAS Vision & Change report.

Since 2001 Dr. Tanner has served as an Editor for Cell Biology Education-Life Sciences Education (CBE-LSE), a top journal in the Biology Education Research field, and has authored numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts and articles for the Scholarship of Translations section of CBE-LSE. Her current research focuses on measuring students’ conceptual development in biology, especially identifying patterns of conceptual confusion among novices, and she has trained 15 graduate students and over 35 undergraduates in Biology Education.


Schedule of Events:
  • Monday (November 3 rd):

    • 9 - 12 pm - Individual Meetings

      12:10 pm Bustad 155C - "The Purpose of Assessment and the Role of Questions" - Lunch Discussion with DVM Clinical Faculty

      2 pm - SMB Seminar: “Beyond Assessing Knowledge – Card Sorting, Superheroes, and Moving Towards Measuring Biological Expertise among Undergraduates”

        Description: 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 seminar, Dr. Kimberly Tanner will engage 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 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the recently published, Vision and Change for Undergraduate Biology Education

        Location: BLS 402 (Biotechnology Life Sciences Building)

      3:10 pm - Meet with SMB and IPN Undergraduate Faculty, Topic: Diversity and First Generation Students - BLS 301

      4:10 pm- - Discussion on Content Coverage and Prioritizing Student Learning Outcomes - with the DVM Pre-Clinical Team, Bustad 110J


  • Tuesday (November 4 th):

    • 10:10 am - Meet with Undergraduate Faculty from SMB and IPN, Discussion about "Rock Stars of Science" and faculty perceptions by students, BLS 301

      12:10 - 1:00 pm - RIP Seminar: “Beyond Assessing Knowledge – Card Sorting, Superheroes, and Shifting Student Effort towards Practice and away from Grades"

        Description:  In this interactive seminar, Dr. Kimberly Tanner will engage the audience in thinking about expert and novice thinking in science by drawing upon her own research that integrates methodologies from science education and cognitive psychology. Approaches to understanding and measuring expertise are strongly tied to ideas put forward by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the recently published, Vision and Change for Undergraduate Biology Education.

        Location: ABDF 1002

      1:00 pm- Lunch with SMB and IPN Graduate Students and Postdocs

      3:10 pm- Bustad 110J - "The Purpose of Assessment and the Role of Questions" - Discussion with DVM Clinical Team

      4:10 pm- Discussion: "Using Backwards Design to Prioritize what to teach," with DVM Pre-Clinical Team, Bustad 110J

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