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Original [project proposal|^EEP proposal 2005 final.doc]

Annual report - June 2007

[^NSF Schema Training Project Annual Report June 2007.doc]



Micki's slides from 2005 study (replicated Jim's dissertation and extended it to her new way of framing the theory)

Research protocol outline

There will be two Control Conditions:

  • The first control condition is what we might call the "basic control" that we've planned all along: Control group gets a filler text plus a neutral diffusion text. This controls for the Emergence condition where we give them the Emergence text and also the richly enhanced Diffusion text with mapping text at the beginning, and mapping prompts.
  • The "mapping control" condition provides the very same Emergence text, but the same diffusion text

    Study Phases

    Experimental Condition

    Control Condition

    Pre-Test: Science Knowledge (repeated measure)

    Pre-TestHeat Transfer and Microfluidics

    Pre-TestHeat Transfer and Microfluidics

    Schema Training

    Text= Emergent SchemaTopic= Diffusion Map to Emergent Schema? Yes

    Text= Nature of Science
    Topic= Diffusion

    Map to Emergent Schema? Yes

    Training Post-Test

    Schema Post-Test

    Schema Post-Test

    Target Instruction

    Heat Transfer + Map (only prompts)

    Heat Transfer + Map (only prompts)

    Transfer Instruction

    Microfluidics (no map)

    Microfluidics (no map)

    Post-Test: Science Knowledge and remote (repeated measure)

    Post-TestHeat TransferMicrofluidics

    Post-TestHeat TransferMicrofluidics

timeline and next steps

Micki's Schedule document


  • Will look at the Diffusion assessment items
  • Will send Jim the corrections to that one Heat item that we have the wrong old version of
  • Will look for good Diffusion intro text and send to Jim

Jim and Laurel

  • WIll finalize the two simulations
  • Heat: Use the crystal version
  • think about the heating mechanism
  • try to show clear heat propagation
  • add a zoom feature to macro to micro (chocolate chip to micro)


  • build a diffusion model that allows aperature between tanks - slider bar or buttons for large and small.

Test protocol

  1. Pre-test
    Insert notes here about
    • [pre-test materials]
  2. Schema training
    • use Diffusion
    • PDF of mass transfer text
      • [^cengel mass transfer intro.pdf]
  3. Training post test
  4. Target Instruction
    • use Heat
    • PDFs of heat transfer text
      • [^cengel heat transfer part 1.pdf]
      • [^cengel heat transfer part 2.pdf]
      • [^cengel heat transfer part 3.pdf]
  5. Post-test
    Insert notes here about the post-test
    • [post-test materials]
  6. Transfer instruction
    • use Microfluidics
    • Word document - microfluidics
      • [^intro to microfluidics Marr text.doc]
  7. Transfer test

Where do the following materials belong in the test protocol?

Simulating heat and temperature

  1. This is a java model, built with Molecular Workbench (from Concord Consortium) - of heat transfer : [Heat Model|^startActivity-2037486100.jnlp]
  2. Here is one that opens in the Molecular Workbench editor. You can play with adding temperature to specific atoms (click on the ice cube or sun tool and then click on an atom to cool it or heat it a few times, then click on play, and you'll see the added energy to that atom ripple through the system: Heat Transfer

Direct and emergent processes for Engineering science

Curriculum developed so far:
Part I
Part II

WISE diy

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This is a collaborative grant proposal between Colorado School of Mines, Purdue University and the University of Toronto to create innovative engineering instruction based on Chi and Slotta's earlier work concerning ontological commitments of physics novices. It will employ the SAIL technology to create the new materials.

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