Combatting Neuromyths to Improve Teaching and Learning
Presenter: Ellen Yezierski, Center for Teaching Excellence Director
Recent studies about the prevalence of “neuromyths” (misconceptions about brain research and how they apply to teaching and learning) held by educators at all levels demonstrate a need for us to align our ideas with neuro, cognitive, and learning science. In this interactive and individualized workshop, we will explore the most prevalent neuromyths in higher education, identify how they influence our course design and teaching decisions, and develop alternatives grounded in evidence-based theory about how people learn. Please bring at least one syllabus and one assignment description (hard copies or electronically) to work on during the session.
Ellen Yezierski, Center for Teaching Excellence Director. Ellen is a Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. As CTE Director, Ellen networks with faculty and programs across campus to fulfill the Center’s mission and support student learning through faculty development and innovation in teaching. She has been recognized with a Distinguished Teaching Award for Excellence in Graduate Instruction and Mentoring (2018) and a Distinguished Teaching Award (2015) and has taught large undergraduate courses as well as graduate courses. Her research group focuses on improving conceptual understanding of chemistry by examining the dynamics of teaching and teacher change. The goal of their work is to markedly reform instruction and improve chemistry learning across a variety of grade levels (high school and college). Projects employ quasi-experimental designs as well as phenomenological methods to explore teacher beliefs and change, assessment, use of animations, and characterizing teaching and learning in chemistry outreach. Visit the Yezierski Research Group to learn more about their activities and outcomes.
Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 10:00am
Laws Hall, 320
551 E. High St., Oxford, OH 45056