STEM Educators' Lecture 2021

April 8, 2021 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Hosted online via Zoom

Failing (in order) to Succeed: Helping STEM Students to Approach Challenges, Cope With Failures, and Develop Scientific Resilience

As we face the future, there can be little doubt that tomorrow’s scientists will need to be risk-taking and resilient individuals who are willing to tackle complex problems and who are adept at navigating and recovering from scientific failures quickly and efficiently. However, as STEM educators, we are rarely trained to help students develop these skills and navigate the psychological complexities of coping with failure. This workshop is designed as a primer for STEM educators interested in helping their students develop scientific resilience. In this workshop, you will reflect on their own experiences with STEM challenges and failure, learn about psychological constructs at play when STEM students engage with challenges and cope with failures, and explore how to create classroom environments that promote student’s development of scientific resilience. This workshop will provide the initial knowledge, vocabulary, and background from which you may independently explore literature and interventions related to the development of scientific resilience.

Lisa Corwin is an Assistant Professor in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is a Discipline Based Education Researcher and focuses on understanding how learning experiences in STEM classrooms, and specifically research-based courses, can help students to develop scientific resilience, creativity, and civic engagement. Corwin has received multiple grants to study how graduate and undergraduate cohort-based research experiences promote student resilience and persistence in STEM, and she is Co-PI with Drs. Jen Heemstra and Louise Charkoudian for a Research Coordination Network entitled Factors affecting Learning, Attitudes, and Mindsets in Education or FLAMEnet which focuses on how intrapersonal factors at play in STEM classrooms influence students’ development of resilience.

This event is open to the public and registration is free. Click here to register.

This event will be hosted online via Zoom. A Zoom invite will be sent to all registrants prior to the start of the event.

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