Visitors in the University of Texas at Austin
On November 5, 2008 the CSME sponsored a lecture, "The Good, the
Bad, and the Ugly (or the Beauty) in Conducting
Interdisciplinary Research: A personal journey", presented by
Dr. Chun-Yen Chang, Research Chair Professor at the National
Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) Taipei, Taiwan. Dr. Chang
described advantages and disadvantages while conducting
interdisciplinary research particularly in the area of STEM
education and e-Learning. The presentation included a summary of
research conducted at NTNU during the past several years. Dr.
Chang also presented challenges while collaborating with
researchers from other disciplines. Dr. Chang received his
doctoral degree in science education from The University of
Texas at Austin in 1986.
During his visit to the CSME, Dr. Chang interacted with faculty
and graduate students and with staff members of the Texas
Regional Collaborative for Excellence in Science and
Mathematics Teaching. He also attended the Conference for the
Advancement of Science Teaching in Forth Worth, Texas.
Drs. Chang and Barufaldi have collaborated on a number of
research projects and their recent manuscript, "The Positive and
Negative Effects of Science Concept Tests on Student Conceptual
Understanding", has been accepted for publication in the
International Journal of Science Education.