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Knight, Jenny Associate Professor

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Research

research overview

  • Dr. Knight's research has focused on developing concept assessments for student learning in biology, studying the impact of in-class work on student learning, and developing and measuring the impact of curricular changes and teacher training on both students and faculty. She and colleagues have developed three concept assessments: the Genetics Concept Assessment (GCA) the Introductory Molecular Biology Assessment (IMCA), and the Molecular Biology Capstone Assessment, all designed to diagnose student misunderstandings and measure learning gains in typical undergraduate biology courses. She and colleagues have also developed an attitudes towards biology assessment (Bio-CLASS), and a taxonomy for measuring Scientific Teaching. Her work is now focusing on understanding how students engage in complex problem solving and scientific reasoning, particularly in genetics.

keywords

  • biology education research, how in class discussions influence learning, development of concept assessment tools, problem solving

Publications

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Teaching

courses taught

  • MCDB 2150 Principles of Genetics (Spring 2019)
  • MCDB 2152 Problem Solving Co-Seminars for Genetics (Spring 2019)
  • MCDB 2840 Lower-Division Independent Study (Spring 2019)
  • MCDB 4840 Upper-Division Independent Study (Spring 2019)
  • MCDB 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Spring 2019)
  • EBIO 6100 Seminar in Environmental Biology (Fall 2018)
  • MCDB 4650 Developmental Biology (Fall 2018)
  • MCDB 4840 Upper-Division Independent Study (Fall 2018)
  • MCDB 5650 Teaching and Learning in Undergraduate Science Courses (Fall 2018)
  • MCDB 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Fall 2018)
  • MCDB 4840 Upper-Division Independent Study (Summer 2018)
  • MCDB 2150 Principles of Genetics (Spring 2018)
  • MCDB 2152 Problem Solving Co-Seminars for Genetics (Spring 2018)
  • MCDB 2840 Lower-Division Independent Study (Spring 2018)
  • MCDB 4840 Upper-Division Independent Study (Spring 2018)
  • MCDB 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Spring 2018)

Background

International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)

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