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Sunday, August 3 • 2:00pm - 5:00pm
W39: I Teach AP Chemistry-Are Inquiry Labs Necessary?

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Research shows that students learn best through discovery. While cookbook labs are effective in verifying concepts, they are not as effective for student learning as Inquiry. The new AP Chemistry Curriculum mandates six Inquiry labs. The workshop goal is to provide participants with a "hands on" experience of moving from Cookbook thru Guided and, finally, towards Open Inquiry. Inquiry provides students the opportunity to develop their critical thinking skills to better prepare them for the challenges of the 21st Century. This goal can best be reached by realizing that this is a step-wise process that must be approached sequentially with adequate student preparation of laboratory and technology skills. The use of technology is another necessary piece of the puzzle since technology allows students to spend more time on actual Inquiry and less time with gathering, graphing, and analyzing collected data. The workshop will focus on two areas of Chemistry-spectrophotometry and Thermochemistry.


Greg Dodd

AP CHEMISTRY/HONORS CHEMISTRY, George Washington High School

Sunday August 3, 2014 2:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
PAD 377
  Laboratory  Technology