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Ultimate goal. Assessment of several tools developed to address different aspects of higher reasoning and scientific thinking Tools informed by philosophy of science, education, and cognitive science Major difference: philosophy of science. Iglika Pavlova. Question to investigate.

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ultimate goal
Ultimate goal
  • Assessment of several tools developed to address different aspects of higher reasoning and scientific thinking
    • Tools informed by philosophy of science, education, and cognitive science
    • Major difference: philosophy of science

Iglika Pavlova

question to investigate
Question to investigate
  • Does the tool “scales of evidence and belief” increase scientific thinking?
    • This tool addresses the complexity of the process of using evidence to form beliefs
    • Tool for both learning and assessment
    • Development of metacognition
    • Quantitative component

Iglika Pavlova

scale of belief
Scale of belief

Believe claim is NOT true

Believe claim is TRUE

100 % [+]

100 % [-]

0%

withhold belief

Iglika Pavlova

context
Context
  • Issues in evidential support
    • Levels of evidence
    • Disconfirming evidence
    • Ethical component of belief
    • Possibility and necessity
    • Withholding belief
  • Course
    • Non-bio majors, ~20 students
    • Second of 2 required “core” courses at U of C
    • Students have a menu of courses to choose from
    • Reasoning component
      • Explicit
      • Infusion within “Evolution and intelligent design”

Iglika Pavlova

assessment
Assessment
  • Pre- and post- concept assessment
    • Select critical thinking skills
  • Records of student work using “scales of evidence and belief” tool
    • Written; Video to record process of change?
  • Diary-style analysis of events in their life, personal and professional
  • Final paper

*Longitudinal study

Iglika Pavlova