The ISLE Lab is dedicated to the study of learning environments that seek to build students’ grasp of scientific practices while simultaneously developing an understanding of disciplinary concepts. We are particularly interested in students’ engagement in argumentation as a learning tool in science and resources that students leverage to engage and learn in these environments. While our work over the past 4 – 5 years has focused on undergraduate biology contexts, we do occasionally run studies in K-12 settings as there are some fundamental similarities in learning science across these levels.
Using argumentation to learn the disciplinary practices and fundamental principles of science in large lecture undergraduate biology classrooms.
There is substantial evidence across the social and natural sciences suggesting cohesive groups of individuals are able to outperform individuals.
Understanding Science Practices
The Enhancing Learning and Transfer of Science Principles via Category Construction project seeks to support mastery and transfer of evolution principles.