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Get PAID to Participate in a Study on Quantitative Reasoning in Biology!

  1. Jillian Marie Miller

    Hey Everybody!

    There is a team from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln that is studying quantitative reasoning in biology! If you are interested in earning $500 for participating in the study and meet the requirements below, read on for more details!

    Requirements to Participate:

    1. Teach a biology class or have a life science focus and are responsible for determining the content of the course; 

    2. Integrate (even occasionally) quantitative interpretation (figures, data tables, trend lines, extrapolation, etc.) or quantitative modeling (creating, testing, revising models of phenomena) or metacognition of modeling (purpose or steps of modeling, theory building) into their biology instruction; 

    3. Are willing to talk about their teaching and their students’ learning of quantitative topics; 

    4. Are willing to include an assessment (can be done outside of class time) in their course. 

    DETAILS:

    My name is Anum Khushal from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and my doctoral research focuses on quantitative reasoning in the context of undergraduate biology teaching. I taught college biology for eight years, and I am excited to have this opportunity to find ways to better support student learning by drawing from the tremendous faculty expertise in the broader education community. 

    We are recruiting biology or life science university instructors who are integrating quantitative reasoning into their biology courses.We plan to study instructors with the goal of learning how you think about your own teaching of quantitative topics, what types of quantitative reasoning you expect from students, and if these teaching approaches impact your students’ learning of a specific type of reasoning – quantitative modeling.  

    We recognize the burden of participating in this research and have tried to provide substantial compensation ($500) for the estimated time commitment (< 5 hours over 1 year).  Below, we list the expectations in more detail. 

    We are specifically looking for faculty who: 

    1. Teach a biology class or have a life science focus and are responsible for determining the content of the course; 

    2. Integrate (even occasionally) quantitative interpretation (figures, data tables, trend lines, extrapolation, etc.) or quantitative modeling (creating, testing, revising models of phenomena) or metacognition of modeling (purpose or steps of modeling, theory building) into their biology instruction; 

    3. Are willing to talk about their teaching and their students’ learning of quantitative topics; 

    4. Are willing to include an assessment (can be done outside of class time) in their course. 

    If you are interested in participating, here is the link to the consent form and initial survey: https://ssp.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_diOZz0BMgqIepiS  

    Please also help us by sharing this announcement with other faculty who incorporate quantitative reasoning in their teaching.  

     Thank you for considering,  

    Anum Khushal 

    akhushal2@huskers.unl.edu

    Graduate Research Assistant 

     

    On behalf of the research team: 

    Joe Dauer, PI 

    Brian Couch, Co-PI 

    Bob Mayes, Senior Personnel 

    Lyrica Lucas, Postdoc Research Associate 

     

    Details of Expectations: 

    Fall 2022 or Spring 2023  

    • Complete survey of how you integrate quantitative reasoning into your biology classroom 

    • Recruit students to complete an early and late semester assessment    

    • Send materials related to 1-3 representative class periods (target periods) 

    • Video-record 1-3 target periods (camera can be provided if needed)  

    • Submit video recording electronically along with materials related to the target periods  

     

    Spring 2023 

    • Complete an interview about your motivations for integrating quantitative reasoning, implementation challenges and benefits, and student assessment results

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