I received my Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology under the advisement of Dr. Jennifer Wiley at the University of Illinois at Chicago. After graduate school, I took a position as a postdoctoral fellow at the Spatial and Intelligence Learning Center (SILC) at Temple University working with Drs. Nora Newcombe and Thomas Shipley. My research interests focus on developing methods for improving student comprehension in STEM as well as considering the role that spatial thinking plays in successful learning in STEM. In particular, I am interested in identifying and developing learning materials and tasks that support low spatial students in learning about complex scientific phenomena.
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Self-reflection guides as a strategy to support students’ development of intellectual skills part of GET Spatial Learning:Blog
Participation in an undergraduate research opportunity (URO) has become a common, and in some cases necessary, element in the educational and career pathways for many aspiring scientists. A number of studies have ...
Using Teachable Moments to Engage the General Public and Foster Learning in Seismology part of GET Spatial Learning:Blog
Historically, there has been a major disconnect between scientists and the general public such that many scientists have felt that promoting their findings to the public via social media and news is not relevant ...
Using Analogies to Teach in the Geosciences part of GET Spatial Learning:Blog
Teachers often use analogies when describing complicated new material to their students. Sometimes they are not even aware that they are using analogies because they do it automatically. Whenever an explanation ...
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Challenges in making meaning from Ground Motion Visualizations: The role of geoscience knowledge in interpreting dynamic spatiotemporal patterns part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2019:Program:Oral Sessions:Thursday B
The USArray Ground Motion Visualization (GMV) is an IRIS video product that illustrates seismic waves traveling away from an earthquake by depicting seismometers as symbols that vary in color according to recorded ...
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Research on Cognitive Domain in Geoscience Learning: Temporal and Spatial Reasoning part of NAGT:Geoscience Education Research:Community Framework for GER:Cognitive - Spatial and Temporal Reasoning
Download a pdf of this chapterKatherine Ryker, University of South Carolina and Allison J. Jaeger, Temple University. With contributions from: Scott Brande, University of Alabama at Birmingham; Mariana Guereque, ...