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Memory Retrieval Strategies to Help Retain STEM Content Knowledge

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

Start Date

June 15, 2019

End Date

June 19, 2019

Conference Session

Technical Session 9:Topics related to STEM

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Computers in Education

Page Count

13

DOI

10.18260/1-2--33103

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https://peer.asee.org/33103

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Osman Yasar State University of New York, Brockport Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-9474-8137

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Osman Yasar is an endowed professor and director of the CMST Institute at The College at Brockport, SUNY. He established the first undergraduate degree program in computational science in the United States, and his research interests include engineering and science education, computational pedagogy, fluid and particle dynamics, engine ignition modeling, and parallel computing. Yasar has a PhD in engineering physics and
an MS in computer science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Contact him at oyasar@brockport.edu.

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Peter Veronesi The College at Brockport

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Peter Veronesi is program coordinator and lead faculty for the secondary science education programs at The College at Brockport.

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Jose Maliekal The College at Brockport, SUNY

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Jose Maliekal is the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at The College at Brockport, State University of New York. He is an atmospheric scientist and have been teaching meteorology and climatology courses. His research interests include climate change and computational pedagogy.

Address: School of Arts and Sciences, The College at Brockport, Brockport, NY 14420 Phone: 585-395-5598 Email: jmalieka@brockport.edu

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Leigh J. Little SUNY Brockport

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Leigh Little is currently a member of the Earth Sciences Department at SUNY Brockport. His research interests include technology education, high performance computing and preconditioning of linear systems.

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John W. Tillotson Syracuse University

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John W. Tillotson is an associate professor of STEM education and chair of the Department of Science Teaching in the College of Arts & Sciences at Syracuse University. He currently serves as the director of the Ph.D. in College Science Teaching doctoral program. His research focuses on STEM instructors’ beliefs and instructional practices in undergraduate environments, as well as the socialization experiences of undergraduate STEM majors and how they relate to retention within the STEM career pipeline. Dr. Tillotson earned his Ph.D. in science education and his M.S. in chemistry from the University of Iowa, and prior to that received a B.S. in Chemistry/Secondary Education from SUNY Cortland.

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Abstract

We report about computational pedagogical experiences to help students retrieve content they learn in class, retain it, and apply it in different contexts to solve problems. Supported by professional development for teachers, these experiences rang in complexity from simple electronic flashcards for basic retrieval strategies to low-stakes quizzes for spaced-out (initial exposure and retrieval effort are spaced out) and interleaved (two or more spaced-out topics are interleaved) practices. A mixed-methods approach is employed, using instruments with relevant psychometric properties for a large population of teachers (treatment group, N=180) and their student populations. Initial pilot studies of Action Research have been conducted by a cadre of teachers on randomly selected control and target student groups within the same school, grade and course environment. Results show that students who learned math and science topics through interleaved practices consistently scored 5-30% better than those who learned it in the more traditional practice.

Yasar, O., & Veronesi, P., & Maliekal, J., & Little, L. J., & Tillotson, J. W. (2019, June), Memory Retrieval Strategies to Help Retain STEM Content Knowledge Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33103

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