The field of discipline-based education research (DBER) seeks to understand how people think and learn within a disciplinary context. Geoscience education research (GER), a sub-field of DBER, is a growing area where the research community has defined several grand challenges (St. John et al., 2018). The presented research will focus on two of these areas, the cognitive and affective domains and their interaction, while applying cutting-edge technologies (e.g., eye-tracking and skin conductance) that measure student psychomotor responses during a variety of interventions.
Karen McNeal is a Molette Endowed Professor in the Department of Geosciences at Auburn University. She is the Associate Dept. Chair in Geology and leads the Discipline-Based Education Research (DBER) Initiative in the College.