The Role of Emotions in Student Learning

Evidence-based teaching seminar with Nadia Kellam

The Role of Emotions in Student Learning

Nadia Kellam, Associate Professor, Engineering, ASU

The role that emotions play in student learning in higher education has largely been understudied. This is in part due to the nature of emotions, instinctive or intuitive feelings, which are often valued less than logical and rational ways of thinking. This talk will focus on a recent narrative research project, which uncovered the role of emotion in engineering student’s narratives. I will discuss the emotional trajectories that students experience as they progress through an engineering program. In their emotional trajectories, we found that first year students experience emotional turbulence, thus we focused further research on experiences and associated emotions of students during their first year. Finally, we looked at experiences of students from underrepresented groups and majority students and found that the experiences described during their first year were similar, but their emotional responses to those experiences were quite different. At the conclusion of this presentation I will focus on implications of this research for educators and engage the audience in reflective activities to help us become attuned to the critical role of emotion in our classrooms and ways of designing learning experiences to help us improve student learning with a focus on emotions.

Nadia Kellam is Associate Professor in the Polytechnic Engineering Program at Arizona State University. In her research, she is interested in understanding how engineering students develop their professional identity, the role of emotion in student learning, diversity, and synergistic learning. She is interested in curricular design and has developed design spines for environmental and mechanical engineering programs, and recently helped design the new engineering education systems and design PhD program at ASU. She teaches design courses, engineering science courses, and graduate courses focused on qualitative research methods. She is also engaged in mentoring early career faculty locally and within the PEER National Collaborative.



Introducing the Fall 2016 Seminar series called “Evidence-based Teaching in STEM” on select Fridays from 3-5:00pm in LSE 106. The format is a 45 minute talk focused on undergraduate STEM education research by an expert in STEM education. This will be followed by a 15 minute Q&A and then an 30 minute interactive and hands-on workshops where participants can brainstorm how to turn the ideas from the talk into concrete aspects for their own courses.
This seminar is targeted to faculty, instructors, graduate and undergrad students interested in teaching and learning.

This seminar is targeted to faculty, instructors, graduate and undergrad students interested in teaching and learning.

Friday, Nov. 4 | 3 - 5 p.m.
LSE 106
School of Life Sciences - E wing