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Departmental Colloquium

Title
Research on Transfer and Implications for Learning and Problem Solving  
Guest Speaker
Dr. Sanjay Rebello  
Guest Affiliation
Kansas State University  
When
Thursday, January 22, 2015 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm  
Location
Physics Auditorium (Rm. 202)  
Details

Transfer of learning is often described as the overaching goal of education.  I will provide a broad overview how the theoretical perspectives on transfer of learning have evolved over time and delve deeper one perspective of transfer that has served as an overaching framework for some of the projects in our reasearch group over the past few years.  In particular I will discuss projects that utilize this perspective to facilitate problem solving. One of these projects focuses on facilitating transfer of mathematical integration to problem solving in a calculus-based physics course for future engineers. The other focuses on the use of visual cueing to facilitate learning and problem solving. I will discuss how these interdisciplinary efforts have advanced our knowledge of how students learn and solve problems in STEM disciplines.

 

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