General

Last Name

Bernhard

First Name

Anne

Department or Program Name

Biology

Institution Name

Connecticut College

PO box or mailstop

270 Mohegan Avenue, Box 5327

City

New London

State

CT

Country

USA

Postal Code

06320

Residency

Residency Attended

2011-2012 Research Residency

Institution

Teaching

Primary student type

Undergraduate students – biology majors

Introductory courses

Ecology

Advanced courses

Microbiology to biology, biochemistry, and neuroscience majors
Marine Ecology to biology and environmental studies majors
Molecular Ecology to biology and biochemistry majors

Research

Research question, hypotheses

Innovative assignments that engage students and, hopefully, lead to more significant learning have gained much attention in science pedagogy recently. I investigated whether these kinds of assignments lead students to develop better skills and, more importantly, to understand complex concepts better than more traditional types of assignments. The question addressed by this study was: do graph interpretation and data analysis assignments help students understand core ecological concepts better than traditional types of homework?

Research type

How students improve or increase their knowledge OR decrease their misconceptions based on a learning experience (content, conceptual understanding)

Impact of Research