Parker, Joyce M
119 North Kedzie Labs
My research focuses on how undergraduates understand and apply scientific concepts. I am interested in developing assessment questions that diagnose the problems undergraduates' encounter as they learn new material and using that information to develop more effective teaching strategies. In particular, I am interested in how science majors, particularly those becoming science teachers, reason using basic principles such as conservation of matter and energy to monitor their growing understanding of science content. Current projects include analyzing K12 teachers' understanding of biology and the earth sciences and how problem-based learning can be used to improve it.