RiSE Colloquium, Monday, February 4 at 3:00 pm – Erin Furtak

Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE Center)
University of Maine, Orono, Maine


Erin M. Furtak
Assistant Professor, School of Education
University of Colorado at Boulder

Exploring the Role of Disciplinary Knowledge, Language, and Practices in Collaborative Formative Assessment Design

While Black & Wiliam (e.g. 1998) and others often cast the process of formative assessment as a domain-independent activity, Coffey et al. (2011) and Bennett (2011) have argued that formative assessment design and enactment are best considered within a disciplinary space. We explore the conversations that occurred within a department of high school biology teachers as they engaged in the process of developing, enacting, and revising common formative assessments over the course of two years. Taking videotapes of professional development sessions as our primary data source, we explore the disciplinary aspects of teachers’ conversations and how such disciplinary engagement supported teachers’ generation and revision of the formative assessments.

Erin Marie Furtak, Sara C. Heredia, Deb Morrison & Ian Parker Renga
School of Education, University of Colorado, Boulder

Erin Marie Furtak is Assistant Professor of Education specializing in Science Education at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She worked as a high school biology and earth science teacher in the public schools near Denver and has experiences in many other venues of education, including middle school, administration of professional development, and curriculum design. Her struggles to successfully implement inquiry-based teaching methods inspired her to pursue a career in educational research to make reforms more attainable for science teachers. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Knowles Science Teaching Foundation, and Spencer Foundation, and has appeared in a number of journals. In the summer of 2012 she was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers by President Obama.

Monday, February 4, 2013
3:00 pm
Arthur St. John Hill Auditorium
Room 165, Engineering and Science Research Building

Refreshments will be served in the ESRB Lobby at 2:45 pm