Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Lucero and Petrosino (in press)- A Resource for Eliciting Student Alternative Conceptions: Examining the Adaptability of a Concept Inventory for Natural Selection at the Secondary School Level

Blossoms in Hoboken- April, 2016
The following article has been accepted for publication to the journal Research in Science Education. Research in Science Education is an international journal publishing and promoting scholarly science education research of interest to a wide group of people. The journal examines early childhood, primary, secondary, tertiary, workplace, and informal learning as they relate to science education.

The paper is co-authored with my colleague from Santa Clara University and represents a synthesis of some psychometric and discipline specific work we have done in the area of natural selection/evolution education. 

This study had a sample size of over 300 students as we undertook an analysis of a concept inventory in the area of natural selection. Some fairly sophisticated analysis was undertaken to determine the stability of the instrument as well as the suitability of the inventory with secondary school students. The manuscript is currently undergoing some minor editorial changes and will be in the next issue of the journal (Summer 2016).