Biography: Erin Bardar
Curriculum Developer, Co-PI
Program/Areas of Interest
Astronomy; Physics; Earth and Space Sciences; Curriculum development; Informal education
- Eyes in the Sky II: Facilitating Classroom Research Using NASA Resources and Geospatial Technology
- Investigating Astronomy
- Kids' Survey Network
- Seasons of Change
Erin is an experienced curriculum developer and education researcher. She is currently the co-PI of Eyes in the Sky II, a professional development program that provides teachers with the tools to integrate NASA data, visualizations, and other technologies vital to Earth Science research into their teaching practices. Erin is also the lead curriculum developer for Kids’ Survey Network (KSN) and Earth System Science: A Key to Climate Literacy, as well as the project director for Seasons of Change.
As a NASA Graduate Student Research Program (GSRP) fellow at Boston University, Erin conducted research in astronomy education, focusing on students’ understanding of light and spectroscopy. Erin created the Light and Spectroscropy Concept Inventory, a research-based multiple-choice diagnostic test for evaluating introductory college astronomy students’ conceptions of light and spectroscopy. She also developed a suite of optics-related homelabs for the NSF-funded Project LITE: Light Inquiry Through Experiments (http://lite.bu.edu) and has a U.S. patent for a binocular spectrometer.
- Development and Validation of the Light and Spectroscopy Concept Inventory Erin Bardar and Kenneth Brecher (Boston University) (2007) Astronomy Education Review 5 (2)
- First Results from the Light and Spectroscopy Concept Inventory Erin Bardar (2008) Astronomy Education Review 6 (2)
- Project LITE Educational Materials and Their Effectiveness[...] Erin Bardar and Kenneth Brecher (Boston University) (2008) Astronomy Education Review 6 (2).
- The Need for a Light and Spectroscopy Inventory for Assessing Innovations [...] Erin Bardar and Kenneth Brecher (Boston University) (2005) Astronomy Education Review 4 (2)
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP)