Center Alumni - Elizabeth Burroughs
- 1994 B.A. English Bryn Mawr College
- 1999 M.S Forestry Nicholas School of Environment, Duke University
- 1999 M.S. Environmental Management Nicholas School of Environment, Duke University
Research for my thesis involved an astrobiology curriculum that was piloted in Maine middle and high schools in 2008-2009. I used survey data to help determine whether the astrobiology curriculum was more or less effective than traditional science courses for Maine students, both in terms of science learning and attitudes about science; and to analyze teacher responses to the curriculum and the accompanying professional development. I also looked at “self-handicapping” behavior – a performance-avoid goal type that can indicate problems with students’ learning motivations. Using the astrobiology data, I compared the prevalence of self-handicapping behavior between eighth and ninth grade students and between sexes, and examined whether self-handicapping behavior was correlated with students’ self-efficacy.
Liz has accepted a position teaching mathematics at the Freshman Academy at Ellsworth High School. Best of luck to her!