Assistant Professor / Biology Educator
254 Supple Science Building
I am a discipline-based education researcher focused on exploring biology learning. My primary research program has focused on studying college student learning associated with visual representations, in particular phylogenetic trees. As a side interest, I have also spent time working in service-learning and informal learning environments to measure participant engagement, interest, and science learning. My goal is to provide evidence to support ways of making science accessible to more people – through conceptual understanding, interest, engagement, and visual interpretation.
|Ph.D.||2009||University of Missouri||Curriculum and Instruction – Science Education|
|M.S.||2005||Iowa State University||Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology|
Planchard, M., Daniel, K.L., Maroo, J., Mishra, C., & McLean, T. (2015). Homework, motivation, and achievement in a college genetics course. Bioscene, 41(2), 11-18.
Boyce, C.J., Mishra, C., Halverson, K.L. & Thomas, A.K. (2014). Getting students OUTSIDE: Using technology as a way to stimulate engagement. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 23, 815-826. DOI: 10.1007/s10956-014-9514-8
Siegel, M., Menon, D., Sinha, S., Promyod, N., Wissehr, C., & Halverson, K.L. (2014). Equitable written science assessments for English language learners: How scaffolding helps. Journal of Science Teacher Education, 25, 681-708. DOI 10.1007/s10972-014- 9392-1
McLaurin, D., Halverson, K.L., & Boyce, C.J. (2013). Using Manipulative Models to Develop Tree-Thinking. Biology International, 54, 108-121.
Walter, E.M., Halverson, K.L., & Boyce, C.J. (2013). Investigating the relationship between college students’ acceptance of evolution and tree thinking understanding. Evolution: Education, and Outreach, 6, 26. DOI:10.1186/1936-6434-6-26
Halverson, K.L., Boyce, C.J., & Maroo, J.D. (2013). Order matters: Pre-assessments and student generated representations. Evolution: Education and Outreach, 6, 24. DOI:10.1186/1936-6434-6-24
Witzig, S., Halverson, K.L., Siegel, M.A., & Freyermuth, S.K. (2011). The interface of opinion, understanding, and evaluation while learning about a socioscientific issue. International Journal of Science Education, 35, 2483-2507. DOI: 10.1080/09500693.2011.600351
Halverson, K.L., Pires, J.C., & Abell, S.K. (2011). Exploring the complexity of tree thinking expertise in an undergraduate plant systematics course. Science Education, 95, 794-823. DOI: 10.1002/sce.20436
Halverson, K.L. (2011). Improving tree-thinking one learnable skill at a time. Evolution: Education and Outreach, 4, 95-106. DOI: 10.1007/s12052-010-0307-0 Siegel, M.A.,
Halverson, K.L., Freyermuth, S.K., & Clark, C. (2011). Beyond grading: A series of rubrics for science learning. The Science Teacher, 78(1), 42-47.
Halverson, K.L., Siegel, M.A., & Freyermuth, S.K. (2010). Non-Science majors’ critical evaluation of websites in a biotechnology course. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 19 (6), 612-620. DOI: 10.1007/s10956-010-9227-6
Halverson, K.L., Freyermuth, S., Siegel, M., & Clark, C. (2010). What undergraduates misunderstand about stem cell research. International Journal of Science Education, 32, 2253-2272. DOI:10.1080/09500690903367344 Concannon, J.,
Siegel, M.A., Halverson, K.L., & Freyermuth, S.K. (2010). College students’ conceptions of stem cells, stem cell research, and cloning. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 19, 177-186. DOI: 10.1007/s10956-009-9190-2
Halverson, K.L. (2010). Using pipe cleaners to bring the tree of life to life. American Biology Teacher, 72, 223-224. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/abt.2010.72.4.4
Halverson, K.L. & Lankford, D.M. (2009). Science galls me: What is a niche anyway? American Biology Teacher, 71, 483-491. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1662/005.071.0807
Halverson, K.L., Siegel, M.A., Freyermuth, S.K. (2009). Lenses for framing decisions: Undergraduates’ decision making about stem cell research. International Journal of Science Education, 31, 1249-1268. DOI:10.1080/09500690802178123
Siegel, M., Wissehr, C.F., & Halverson, K.L. (2008). Sounds like “success:” A framework for equitable assessment. The Science Teacher, 75 (3), 43-46.
Halverson, K.L., Heard, S.B., Nason, J.D., & Stireman, J.O. (2008). Differential attack on diploid, tetraploid, and hexaploid Solidago altissima L. by five insect gallmakers. Oecologia, 154, 755-761. DOI: 10.1007/s00442-007-0863-3
Halverson, K.L., Heard, S.B., Nason, J.D., & Stireman, J.O. (2008). Origins, distribution and local co-occurrence of polyploidy cytotypes in Solidago altissima (Asteraceae). American Journal of Botany, 95, 50-58. DOI: 10.3732/ajb.95.1.50