dB-SERC lunch 09-11-2017
Topic: Helping repeating students in biology
Discussion leaders: Nancy Kaufmann, Erica McGreevy (biological sciences)
When: September 11, 2017 from 12 -1 pm
Where: 321 Allen Hall
During the lunch discussion, Dr. Nancy Kaufmann and Dr. Erica McGreevy from the biological sciences department will discuss a project focused on helping repeating students in Biology 1, for which they received a dB-SERC course transformation award. Each spring term, approximately twenty to thirty percent of the students enrolled in Biology 1 repeat the course. Many of these students struggle and often fail the course again. Dr. Kaufmann will perform a historical analysis of past repeating students and develop a simple intervention in which repeating students will read about successful paths of past repeater students. After reading about the successes of others, the repeating students will develop and articulate a written plan that includes their strategies for success in the course. Dr. Kaufmann plans to design support systems and interventions to help these students be successful and investigate whether addressing motivation and mindset increases repeater success in the Biology 1 course. The purpose of this lunch is to get feedback from faculty members on the implementation and assessment of the project and encourage an interchange of ideas.
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