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Monday, August 4 • 9:30am - 12:30pm
S13: Research in Chemistry Education

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This symposium provides a forum for chemical education research. A submitted presentation should briefly address (1) the motivation for the research and type of problem investigated and (2) the methodology chosen to both gather and interpret the data collected. The presentation should focus primarily on the findings and the interpretation of the data. This symposium is sponsored by the ACS DivCHED Committee on Chemistry Education Research. 

Presider: Jack Barbera, University of Northern Colorado

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Introduction (9:30 am to 9:35 am)
P151: Novices' and experts' understanding of energetics and heat flow (9:35 am to 9:55 am)
P152: Developing a learning progression on chemical synthesis (9:55 am to 10:15 am)
P153: Exploring college and graduate students' reasoning about chemical reactions (10:15 am to 10:35 am)
P154: Scratching the surface of chemistry: A progression for categorizing chemistry problems (10:35 am to 10:55 am)
Break (10:55 am to 11:10 am)
P155: Students' understanding of energy across atomic-molecular and macroscopic contexts (11:10 am to 11:30 am)
P156: Development of a two-tiered multiple-choice diagnostic instrument for assessing general chemistry students' understanding of the chemistry underlying climate science (11:30 am to 11:50 am)
P157: Development and preliminary testing of a persistence instrument: Measuring outcome expectations (11:50 am to 12:10 pm)
P158: Evaluation of the use of representations in inquiry-based chemistry instruction (12:10 pm to 12:30 pm)


Thomas Pentecost

Grand Valley State University


Jack Barbera

Associate Professor, University of Northern Colorado
The field of psychometrics dates back more than a century and is concerned with the theory and practice of psychological and educational measurement. Researchers in this field have established protocols to develop and evaluate a wide variety of assessment instruments, including multiple-choice concept inventories. With these protocols, chemists can make measurements of student knowledge and understanding with the same care and precision they... Read More →

Jessica VandenPlas

Grand Valley State University

Monday August 4, 2014 9:30am - 12:30pm
LTT 103