General

Last Name

Archer

First Name

Kathleen

Department or Program Name

Biology

Institution Name

Trinity College

PO box or mailstop

300 Summit St

City

Hartford

State

CT

Country

US

Postal Code

06106

Residency

Residency Attended

2009-2010 Research Residency

Institution

Teaching

Primary student type

Undergraduate students – biology majors, Undergraduate students – general education or non-science majors

Introductory courses

General biology, Cell biology

Advanced courses

plant diversity, symbiosis (senior seminar), plant physiology, recombinant DNA techniques
All students are undergraduates and are biology majors

Professional Affiliations

Research

Research question, hypotheses

Current projects
1) Create a concept assessment for introductory plant biology. Under this umbrella project, I’m currently investigating what misconceptions students hold about plant structure and growth.

2) Meta-study of published misconceptions about plants in areas outside photosynthesis, structure and growth. Organize so it is easy for instructors to look up topics and see common errors in thinking held.

Older project: Do group exams improve comprehension? I’ve completed this study, and the data did not support the notion that group exams improve comprehension. I presented this data as a poster at ASPB 2012.
Since the findings are negative, the work is not likely to be published as a paper.

Research type

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

Impact of Research

Overall Experience