Santiago Sandi-Ureña
ssandi@usf.edu
Department of Chemistry, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, 33620, USA. 4202 E. Fowler Ave. CHE 205
Ph.D. in Chemistry with emphasis in Chemical Education, Department of Chemistry, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, August, 2008. Mentor: Professor Melanie M. Cooper. My research interest revolves around exploring how chemistry learning experiences may affect aspects that are determinant in the process of developing scientific competencies. We view metacognition (ability to think about one’s own thinking) and sophistication of epistemological beliefs (assumptions about the origin, nature, limits, and certainty of knowledge) as indicators of scientific development and becoming a scientist. Therefore, we are interested in designing strategies to assess the effectiveness of learning environments (particularly academic and research laboratories) in promoting metacognitive and epistemological sophistication.