Failure and Mindset in Science Education

The Failure as a part of Learning:  A Mindset Education network (FLAMEnet) project involves physics, chemistry, and biology faculty at various institutions around the US.  We are developing, deploying, and assessing various classroom “interventions” to help students learn how to recognize short-term failure as an important component of learning and growth.  I helped develop one of the interventions for laboratory and course-based research experiences, which is being deployed in the reformed IPLS laboratory courses at the U.

People and Roles:

  • Prof. Jennifer Heemstra:  Jen is Associate Professor of Chemistry at Emory University and founder of the FLAMEnet project.  Jen was formerly in the Chemistry Department at the U.
  • Prof. Louise (Lou) Charkoudian:  Lou is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Haverford College and is co-founder of FLAMEnet.
  • Prof. Lisa Corwin:  Lisa is an Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (BioED) at the University of Colorado at Boulder and is a co-founder of FLAMEnet.
  • Dr. Meredith Henry:  Meredith is a postoctoral scholar at Emory University working on the FLAMEnet project and leading the assessment.
  • My role:  I attended the first three FLAMEnet workshops at Emory University (in 2018, 2019, and 2020) where I helped lead a team that developed an intervention intended for undergraduate teaching labs and course-based research experiences.  I also deployed this intervention in all sections of PHYS 2015 in Spring 2019, obtained qualitative data from the intervention, performed some preliminary analysis (coding) of the data, and obtained baseline data in Fall 2019.  I am currently collaborating with Lisa Corwin to do further qualitative analysis of the data obtained during these semesters.
© Jordan Gerton 2019