Coordinator: Prof. Anwesh Mazumdar
Coordinator: Dr. K. K. Mashood
Nurturing science and engineering practices: Pedagogical strategies, technological supports and metacognition
Prof. Sahana Murthy, IIT Bombay
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Learning in STEM domains has many dimensions. Content knowledge in core disciplines and cross-disciplinary concepts are indeed important, and the primary focus of most curricula. Equally important is the learning of practices that scientists and engineers use while investigating natural phenomenon and building systems. Examples of these practices include design thinking, scientific inquiry, modelling, estimation, troubleshooting and a range of ill-structured problem-solving. While the importance of such practices has been well-established, their teaching and learning is complex. Learners are not able to apply these practices even after instruction in traditional disciplinary content alone. Hence there is a need to explicitly focus on nurturing learners’ development of these practices. We follow a design-based research approach to develop an understanding of how students learn disciplinary practices, and design technology-enhanced learning environments to support learners. In this talk, I will discuss two illustrative examples of learners’ development of disciplinary practices in physics and engineering. I will note the role played by metacognitive prompts, supported by collaborative technology designs.
Prof. Sahana Murthy is a faculty member in Educational Technology at IIT Bombay. Her research interest is in Technology enhanced learning of disciplinary practices: developing students' problem-solving, design and inquiry practices in STEM domains via interactive technology enhanced learning environments. Another area of focus is Teacher use of educational technologies, which has led to models for the design and implementation of large-scale, blended faculty professional development programs. Before joining IIT Bombay, she was a post-doctoral researcher in Physics Education Research at Rutgers University. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Mumbai, Master’s degree in physics from IIT Bombay, and PhD in physics from Rutgers University.