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Chemistry Education Research & Practice
Gordon Research Conference

Dates

June 24-29, 2007

Location

Bates College
Lewiston, ME

Organizers

Chair:
Christopher F. Bauer

Vice Chair:
Thomas J. Greenbowe

Meeting Description

Over the past 20 years, the science education research community, including those working in chemistry, have begun to understand the nature of difficulties that students experience in learning science concepts and in solving scientific problems; have begun to understand how motivation is promoted or squelched by assessment; have begun to understand how attitudes are enhanced or undercut by instruction. Some of these efforts are seeping into everyday instruction, albeit slowly. This 2007 CERP meeting is intended to bring together investigators -- in chemistry predominantly, but also in physics, in biology, in mathematics, in technology, in cognition -- who have been working to a large extent in parallel within their own communities. We need to be learning from each other. We need to continue to develop avenues of investigation that eventually lead to instruction and curricula K-16 and beyond that help more students understand and appreciate chemical ideas better than they ever have before. Topics of discussion will include research and applications pertinent to:

  • how students learn from visual representations and animations of molecular systems.
  • how students explore a chemical problem space and what that indicates about their level of skill, their approach to problem solving, and their conceptual understanding.
  • analysis of reasoning (use of analogy, causation, deduction) by expert scientists and novice science learners.
  • study of the social interactions through which mathematical and scientific meaning is constructed and negotiated.
  • development of tools to unpack student thinking processes and ideas, such as latent semantic analysis, cognitive expectation assessment, and functional MRI.
  • how students learn in both virtual and real research environments.
  • practices that hold promise for building motivation, understanding, and skill at various age levels.

Conference Philosophy, for New Attendees: The Gordon Conference format provides the opportunity for intense interaction among a small number of participants (about 130), and the opportunity to get to know each other well. Presentations are scheduled for mornings and evenings. Afternoons are unscheduled so that small groups can organize spontaneously to discuss a pressing issue or to share a field trip. Conference participants are strongly encouraged to be present for the entire conference. Furthermore, all discussions are informal and off-the-record. Presentations and posters may not be distributed in print nor cited.

Contributors

ACS Education Division
McGraw-Hill Companies
John Wiley & Sons Publishers
Hayden-McNeil Publishing, Inc.

Meeting Program

SUNDAY
2:00 pm - 11:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
6:45 pm - 7:15 pmOrientation meeting of new GRC conferees
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pm Cognitive Science and Chemistry Education
Discussion Leader: Diane Bunce (The Catholic University of America)
7:40 pm - 8:20 pmLoretta Jones (University of Northern Colorado)
"How a Cognitive Science Perspective can Change Chemistry Education Research and Practice"
8:20 pm - 8:35 pm Discussion
8:35 pm - 9:15 pmStacey Lowery Bretz (Miami University)
"Designing Instruments for Chemistry Education Research"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
9:30 pm - 10:30 pm Social Hour
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm Understanding the Nano World
Discussion Leader: Michael Abraham (University of Oklahoma)
9:00 am - 9:40 amRobert Tinker (The Concord Consortium)
"Teaching and Learning with the Molecular Workbench System"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break / Group Photo
10:30 am - 11:10 amBarbara Gonzalez (California State University, Fullerton)
"Assessing the Impact of Visualization on Conceptual Understanding in Chemistry"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmGail Jones (North Carolina State University)
"Understanding Science at the Nanoscale: Conceptual Boundaries, Anchors, and Holes"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 5:00 pmFree Time
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Set-up and Informal Viewing
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Student Thinking and Performance
Discussion Leader: Jennifer Lewis (University of South Florida)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmPhil Sadler (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)
"Predicting College Performance"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmMare Taagepera (University of California, Irvine)
"Knowledge Space Theory: Application in Chemical Education"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
9:30 pm - 11:00 pm Poster Session 1 [PDF]
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm Student Thinking and Performance
Discussion Leader: Melanie Cooper (Clemson University)
9:00 am - 9:40 amVicente Talanquer (University of Arizona)
"Trajectories of Expertise in Chemical Thinking"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amChandralekha Singh (University of Pittsburgh)
"Improving Student Understanding of Physics through Research"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmKatherine Perkins (University of Colorado)
"Beyond Content: Students’ Beliefs about Physics and Chemistry"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:30 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 4:30 pmPoster Set-up and Informal Viewing
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session 2 [PDF]
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Curricula in Context
Discussion Leader: Jerry Bell (American Chemical Society)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmPeter Nentwig (University of Kiel)
"Making It Relevant: Contextualized Chemistry Teaching"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmJames Hutchison (University of Oregon)
"Green Nano Science"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
9:30 pm - 10:30 pm Social Hour and Free Time
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm Inquiry, Epistemology, and Knowledge Construction
Discussion Leader: Marcy Towns (Purdue University)
9:00 am - 9:40 amWilliam Harwood (University of Northern Iowa)
"What Are They Thinking?"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amDavid Hammer (University of Maryland)
"Student Resources for Learning Science"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmMichael Klymkowsky (University of Colorado, Boulder)
"Conceptual Understanding in the Biological Sciences: Assessment and Intervention"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 5:00 pmFree Time
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Set-up and Viewing
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
(Nominations for the next Vice Chair; Fill out Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss future Site & Scheduling preferences; Election of the next Vice Chair)
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Methodologies for Understanding Learning
Discussion Leader: Robert Lichter (Merrimack Consultants)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmChris Rasmussen (San Diego State University)
"Individual and Collective Analyses of Mathematical Learning: Theoretical Concerns and Methodology"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmKenneth Koedinger (Carnegie Mellon University)
"Achieving Robust Learning through Cognitive Analysis and Advanced Technology"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
9:30 pm - 11:00 pm Poster Session 3 [PDF]
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm Methodologies for Understanding Learning
Discussion Leader: Maria Oliver-Hoyo (North Carolina State University)
9:00 am - 9:40 amNorbert Pienta (University of Iowa)
"Studying Student Problem-Solving Using Web-Based Tools"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amDavid Yaron (Carnegie Mellon University)
"Making the Implicit Explicit in the Teaching of Chemical Equilibrium"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmThomas Holme (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; ACS Exams Institute)
"Optimizing the Information Available from National Chemistry Assessments via ACS Exams"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 6:00 pmFree Time
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Learning within Cultural Contexts
Discussion Leader: Thomas Greenbowe (Iowa State University)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmAmy Shachter (Santa Clara University)
"Science Education for New Civic Engagements (SENCER)"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmGabriela Weaver (Purdue University)
"Exploring a Model to Provide Authentic Research Experiences as Part of the Undergraduate Chemistry Curriculum"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
9:30 pm - 10:30 pm Social Hour and Free Time
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture
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