Our research explores how students develop conceptual understanding in biological science. Our team includes postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, and undergraduates representing a range of interests and expertise, including plant biology, ecology, cognitive science, evolution, and neuroscience. We apply the tools and methodologies we’ve learned from disciplinary science to ask and answer questions about how students learn biology. We are especially interested in that fuzzy intersection where the lines between research in biology and the learning sciences become blurred!
There are two main areas of investigation in the Long Lab. We are focused on how undergraduate biology students learn biology and developing methods that can improve learning. One line of investigation is the short- and long-term benefits of active teaching in an Introductory Biology course. For more information on this research area, please visit Reforming Introductory Biology. A second line of investigation is the use of student-constructed models to improve student thinking about biological systems. For more information on this research area please visit Models and Visualizations.