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  • Organization
    Florida SouthWestern State College

  • Role
    Scientist Mentor: I will mentor teams of students online

  • Research Interests (300 words)
    The overarching goal of my research is to understand the impact of active-learning on student attitudes and learning. In this study I wish to compare the effectiveness of different active-learning tools in my introductory biology classroom. Freeman et al., (2014) defined this approach as “second-generation research”, a research design that answer questions like, how much of active-learning in enough and for whom? Therefore, using this approach I wish to understand the impact of POGIL based instruction on student-attitudes in my biology classrooms. Here, I will compare student attitudes in three different classrooms: i) lecture based only, ii) with 20-30% POGIL instruction and iii) with 70% POGIL instruction, at a mid-sized community college. An important part of this study will focus on identifying patterns of student resistance, teacher-deficits and correlation between instructor behavior and student performance in biology classrooms. The current body of literature has no publication that has specifically dealt with the effect of POGIL instruction on students enrolled in pre-health/Allied health programs at community colleges. This study will provide new insights about differential use of active-learning and students gains at 2-yr colleges. Additionally, I wish to explore the role of self-efficacy in student learning. An extensive review by Trujillo and Tanner (2014) highlights the role of affective factors like self-efficacy in student interests’ and motivation. Investigation of self-efficacy can help an educator identify a relationship between students’ belief about themselves and their behavior in classrooms.

  • Profile Question 1
    When and why did you decide to go into a science career?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 1 here (300 words):
    While in college pursuing my bachelors degree I was influenced by various faculty who actively engaged their students and made us realized that science learning is not simply memorization but it can best be learned by getting in activities that facilitate learning. It is this style of instruction that encouraged me to delve into my own project of science learning.

  • Profile Question 2
    What is best about being a scientist?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 2 here (300 words):
    The freedom to ask question, explore and discover findings that can totally change your original hypothesis and direction of research.

  • Profile Question 3
    Do you have advice for students about preparing for a science career?

  • Answer the question you selected for profile question 3 here (300 words):
    Being a scientist requires one to persevere and accept challenges that come along the unknowns of the discovery based science.

  • Availability
    I am currently available for mentoring, please send me team match invitations

  • Capacity: How many teams at a time are you comfortable working with?

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