I am a graduate student at the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, TIFR, Mumbai, and my research interest lies at the interface of 'biology education' and 'cognitive science'. The 'biology education' aspect of my research interest stems from my academic background in biology - bachelors in botany (H) and masters in biochemistry.
I study how students interact with different forms of representation viz., verbal, visual (e.g., diagrams), visual-haptic (e.g., 3-D models). This 'how' of the interaction stokes my interest in cognitive science - the science of how we 'act' upon and 'perceive' things.
Broadly speaking, my research work caters to two different themes-
- Exploring the 'process' of learners' interaction with different external representations, and
- Using the above insight to develop effective and efficient pedagogical resources for both instructors and learners.
Biology education, Cognitive Science, External representations, Process analysis, Pedagogical resources
- Srivatava, A. (2016). Building mental models by dissecting physical models. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 44(1), 7-11.
- Srivatava, A., & Ramadas, J. (2013). Analogy and Gesture for Mental Visualization of DNA Structure. In D. Treagust & C. Tsui (Eds.), Multiple Representations in Biological Education (Vol. 7, pp. 311-329). Netherlands: Springer Netherlands.
- Srivastava, A., & Ramadas, J. (July, 2011). Using Analogy and Gesture for Mental Visualization of DNA Structure. Poster presented at the Gordon Research Conference on Visualization in Science and Education. Bryant University, RI, USA.
- Srivastava, A., Srivastava, N., & Chandrasekharan, S. (April, 2014). Measure concept-mapping, not concept-maps: Procedural analysis elucidates stages in students' understanding of biology concepts. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Philadelphia, USA.
- Sanjay Chandrasekharan, Geetanjali Date, Prajakt Pande, Jeenath Rahaman, Rafikh Shaikh, Anveshna Srivastava, Nisheeth Srivastava, Harshit Agrawal(July, 2015). Men See Eye to I: Males Can Recognize Their Own Eye Movements. Paper presented at the 37th Annual Cognitive Science Society Meeting. Pasadena, California (USA).
- Srivastava, A. & Chandrasekharan, S. (September, 2015). Building mental models by dissecting physical models. Paper presented at the Biennial Conference of the European Science Education Research Association (ESERA). Helsinki, Finland.
- Srivastava, A. & Chandrasekharan, S. (July, 2016). How external representations of a biological concept change learners' internal representations. Paper presented at the National Meeting of Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER). University of Minnesota, MN, USA.
- Srivastava, A., Srivastava, N., & Chandrasekharan, S. (August, 2016). Order of element placement in physical concept-mapping reveals differences in subject matter comprehension. Poster presented at the Spatial Cognition conference. Philadelphia, USA.