Welcome to the Gardner Lab


Research in the Gardner lab aims to reveal undergraduate biology student knowledge while they are engaged in the practices of science so that we can design evidence-based instruction to enhance student learning. We take a primarily qualitative research approach, drawing on theory and methods from the fields of education, the learning sciences, and cognitive psychology.

There are currently four main research projects underway in the lab:

  1. Investigating and improving undergraduate data analysis and graphing practices in biology
  2. Features of undergraduate biology student mechanistic reasoning about biological systems
  3. Scientific inquiry and experimental design in undergraduate biology
  4. Evidentiary reasoning in biology