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McNair Scholar 2010Angela L. Bianco

Angela L. Bianco is a student in the foundations of elementary education program at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Her research interests are in student inquiry and teacher education, specifically in science contexts. She hopes to teach and continue to conduct research eventually pursuing a Ph.D. in educational psychology.

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My dream is to teach in an elementary school and research teacher education. I want to work on the development of curriculum materials and digital media integration in the classroom.

Research project

Evaluating Environmental Concepts in Student Drawing and Understanding Systematic Experimentation Behavior Using Technology

Abstract: In this study, systematic experimentation behavior was observed as students engaged with an interactive simulation embedded in an online science curriculum module. The module was created using the Web-Based Inquiry Science Environment (WISE) platform. One hundred and twenty-three 7th grade students completed the Global Warming: Virtual Earth curriculum module. The focus of the project was to see if students who display more systematic experimentation behaviors show greater learning gains than those who used less systematic behavior. The findings show that there are some increases in knowledge that are related to a student’s ability to systematically engage in experimentation with the simulation, and that drawing may be a useful measure of students’ understanding of complex scientific concepts. Download poster. [PDF]

Faculty profile

Dr. Keisha Varma is a professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She received her Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Vanderbilt University. Dr. Varma’s research investigates students’ understanding of complex science concepts and how technology can facilitate science learning.  She works at the intersection of educational psychology, cognitive science, and the learning sciences, examining learning and cognition in technology-enhanced classroom settings.