In the News
Joel Chan and Christian Schunn’s research on analogies was mentioned in a recent National Geographic blog "Where Do New Ideas Come from?" Read here.
Christian D. Schunn has been elected a Fellow in the Association for Psychological Science.
Natasha Tokowicz has been nominated to participate in the 2014-2015 American Psychological Association (APA) Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology (LIWP).
Congratulations to Tessa Warren who has received a Women in Cognitive Science Mentorship Award.
Muhsin Menekse has received the 2014 William Elgin Wickenden Award of the American Society for Engineering Education.
Teljer Liburd has been awarded a Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship. Teljer's LRDC advisor is Tessa Warren.
LRDC Board of Visitors Report, 2014
The LRDC Board of Visitors met April 24-April 26, 2014, to "engage in a long-range study of the organizational development of LRDC in relation to its goals and its environment" (the Board’s mission since the Center was created). The Board completes this work by reviewing current research projects during the scientific sessions that take place over the two-day visit and gathering information about the Center’s governance, administrative infrastructure, and continued growth. At the end of the meeting, the Board presents its findings to Vice Provost Sbragia and writes a follow-up report that is sent to Provost Beeson, Vice Provost Sbragia, and the LRDC leadership. Below are highlights of that report.
Potential of the Center
The Board noted that LRDC has played a unique role in the history of the field of education research and is poised to continue its leadership into the future. A strength of the Center is its ability to solve many of the cultural and institutional challenges that can serve as barriers to interdisciplinary partnerships. As a result, LRDC faculty are uniquely positioned to identify theoretically innovative and practical important problems for study and work with colleagues who are able and willing to cross disciplinary and methodolo-gical boundaries. Moreover, the Center provides the institutional conditions for fostering collaboration and interdisciplinary research.
Future Research Directions
Opportunities exist for learning using mobile technologies, social networks, and virtual environments. Integrating new diverse technologies with learning is an important step the Center could pursue as rapid advances in these technologies permeate life-long learning, and formal and informal learning environments. The Board noted that LRDC's strength in understanding disciplinary knowledge could contribute to some of the technologically-based research being conducted at the Center today. For example subject-matter expertise could be integrated into research on peer editing and computer analysis of student writing. Another potential area for integrating past with current expertise could be LRDC research on the similarities and differences in how argumentation is learned and taught in K-12 classrooms.
A Pivotal Moment
The Board noted that this is a pivotal moment in LRDC’s history. As it plans for the future, new hires may become the "seeds" of the next generation of LRDC researchers.
Kudos . . .
Walter Schneider and his UPMC colleague David Okonkwo have been award a grant from the David Scaife Family Charitable Foundation to support improved treatment of head trauma in veterans of the U.S. military.
Jennifer Iriti and Bill Bickel received a grant from the Pittsburgh Promise to analyze data on Promise scholarship recipients.
Christian Schunn received an NSF grant to study malleability and the impact of science learning activation.
Ben Rottman received a grant to study skill development using real-world research examples from Pitt’s recently established dB-SERC (Discipline-Based Science Education Research Center).
Identifying Thesis and Conclusion Statements in Student Essays to Scaffold Peer Review. (2014). Mohammed H. Falakmasir, Kevin D. Ashley, Christian D. Schunn, and Diane J. Litman. Proceedings 12th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring (ITS). Article Here.
When is Tutorial Dialogue More Effective Than Step-based Tutoring? (2014). Min Chi, Pamela Jordan, and Kurt VanLehn. Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring (ITS). Article Here.
Science Diaries: A Brief Writing Intervention to Improve Motivation to Learn Science. (2014). Matthew Bernacki, Timothy Nokes-Malach, J. Elizabeth Richey, and Daniel M. Belenky. Educational Psychology: An International Journal of Experimental Educational Psychology. Article Here.
e-Chimera: Rapid In-Situ Moblie Experimentation through Integrated Design, Test and Deployment. (2014). Wencan Luo, Andrew Head, Walter Schneider, and Jingtao Wang. ACM TOCHI. 2014.