Current Projects

The Science Education Partnership and Assessment Laboratory (SEPAL) is interested in how people learn science, especially biology, and how teachers and scientists can collaborate to make science teaching and learning in schools and universities more like how scientists practice science in their laboratories. Just like other science research groups, we ask questions about what we’re interested in, design ways to collect evidence to address our questions, and analyze and share the data that we collect with other researchers in our field.

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DART: Decibel Analysis for Research in Teaching

The goal of the DART project is to determine the extent to which instructors use innovative teaching methods in college classrooms and to create a tool to measure this in a effective and inexpensive way. The resulting software tool, Decibel Analysis for Research in Teaching (DART) analyzes simple audio recordings of classroom sound to predict with ~90% accuracy […]

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SFES: Science Faculty with Education Specialties

Efforts to improve science education include university science departments hiring Science Faculty with Education Specialties (SFES), scientists who take on specialized roles in science education within their discipline. Although these positions have existed for decades and may be growing more common, few reports have investigated the SFES approach to improving science education. SEPAL Director Kimberly […]

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