On Wednesday, November 8, Dr. Diane Bunce will deliver a talk entitled “Using Research to Change Our Perception of the ‘Average Student.’” The talk is part of the Innovations in Undergraduate Education Speaker Series, co-sponsored by Arts & Sciences, CIRCLE, the University Libraries, and The Teaching Center. The event will take place from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in McMillan Cafe’. A reception will follow.
The “average student” is one who appears engaged in learning but whose achievement level does not match the level of other successful students in the course. This student is often frustrated and seeks help from others including the instructor, teaching assistants, and peers. But why does this student have trouble understanding the material, and why is the help sought not working? This talk will redefine the difficulty average students encounter in terms of their approaches to learning in introductory-level courses. Research from an introductory chemistry course will be discussed, reporting average students’ approaches to learning, including some of the successful approaches used by students who earn As and Bs in the course and other approaches used by unsuccessful students who have earned Ds or Fs.
Dr. Bunce (Professor of Chemistry, The Catholic University of America) is a chemical-education researcher whose research focuses on the mismatch between how students learn and how we teach chemistry. Some of her publications address how long students pay attention in lecture and the effect of active-learning strategies on their attention.
More information about the event and a link to RSVP may be found here: teachingcenter.wustl.edu/events/11082017_using_research_to_change_our_perception/