General

Last Name

Branchaw

First Name

Janet

Department or Program Name

Institute for Biology Education

Institution Name

University of Wisconsin, Madison

PO box or mailstop

445 Henry Maill, RM 109B

City

Madison

State

WI

Country

US

Postal Code

53706

URL

http://www.biology.wisc.edu/Home-AboutUs-StaffListing-JanetBranchaw.htm

Residency

Residency Attended

2009-2010 Research Residency

Institution

Teaching

Primary student type

Undergraduate students – biology majors, Teaching assistants – either graduate or senior level undergraduate students

Introductory courses

Organismal biology, Human anatomy and physiology, Other, please specify below

Other introductory courses

research mentee training
research mentor training

Advanced courses

The organismal biology and physiology courses I teach are both introductory and advanced/honors level courses. Sometimes I teach this material as part of an introductory sequence and sometimes as a separate upper-division level course.

Research

Research question, hypotheses

1. Does requiring students to write out their thinking processes and problem solving strategies help them improve their problem solving abilities?

2. Does sharing their written thinking processes and problem solving strategies with their peers help them improve their problem solving abilities?

Research type

Not currently conducting research

Other research type(s)

I’m serving in an administrative leadership role right now that leaves me little time (none really) to do research.

Impact of Research

Overall Experience