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Chemistry Education Research & Practice
Foundations and Frontiers
June 26 - July 1, 2011
Davidson College
Davidson, NC

“Foundations and Frontiers” is the theme of the 2011 the Gordon Research Conference on Chemistry Education Research and Practice. The focus of the conference is to explore the synergy between the foundations and frontiers of chemistry education. Presentations will explore the foundations of what is known about how students learn, the basic tenets of chemistry education research, and best practices in the classroom and laboratory. Complementary to the foundational knowledge are the frontiers of chemistry education. What can we discover from the emergent research on student learning in chemistry and related science fields? How can emerging research inform and transform classroom and laboratory practices?

The meeting will bring together investigators in chemistry, biochemistry, cognition, and other STEM disciplines to inform each other about the frontiers of research in their communities as well as to provide synergistic opportunities to learn from one another. Topics of discussion will include:

  • Visual literacy in biochemistry. What is it, how can it be measured, how can it be promoted in students?
  • How is representational competence developed across the curriculum?
  • How can curricular innovations be sustained? What are key organizational elements to sustaining change?
  • What are the newest curricular innovations in upper division courses such as Instrumentation, Analytical Sciences, Biochemistry, and Physical Chemistry? How are these shared in the digital age?
  • What are the new initiatives at the National Academy of Sciences Board on Science Education and how do they interface with efforts in chemistry and science education?

The conference format includes invited plenary sessions, contributed poster sessions, and free time to interact and network with conferees. Conference participants are strongly encouraged to remain the entire week.


Contributors

SUNDAY
2:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in (Office Closed 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmRepresentational Competence: Student Understanding of Symbols, Lines, and Arrows
Discussion Leader: Ellen Yezierski (Miami University)
7:40 pm - 8:20 pmMelanie M. Cooper (Clemson University)
"Investigating and Improving the Development of Representational Competence"
8:20 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 9:15 pmMike Stieff (University of Illinois at Chicago)
"Reasoning with Molecular Diagrams in the Mind and in the World"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pmStudent Understanding of Biochemical Processes and Large Molecules: Biochemistry Education Research and Biochemistry Classroom Practices
Discussion Leader: Jill Granger (Sweet Briar College)
9:00 am - 9:45 amTrevor R. Anderson (University of KwaZulu-Natal (Pietermaritzburg))
"Student difficulties with external representations and symbolic language in biochemistry"
9:45 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:15 amKonrad Schönborn (Linköpings Universitet)
"A Multimodal Literacy in Biochemistry? Uncovering Students' Visuohaptic Representational Interactions with Virtual Biomolecules"
11:15 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:15 pmVicky Minderhout (Seattle University)
"Assessment of prerequisite knowledge in biochemistry courses and implications for instructional design"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 6:00 pmFree Time
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmUndergraduate Research and Characteristics of Sustained Implementation
Discussion Leader: Renee Cole (University of Central Missouri/University of Iowa)
7:30 pm - 8:15 pmSandra Laursen (University of Colorado - Boulder)
"Learning, Teaching, and Research: Fundamental Tensions of Undergraduate Research"
8:15 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:15 pmCharles Henderson (Western Michigan University)
"The Challenges of Spreading and Sustaining Research-Based Instruction in Undergraduate STEM"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
9:30 pm - 11:00 pmPoster Session I
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmCurriculum Development at the Upper Division Level: ASDL, VIPEr, and Physical Chemistry Lab
Discussion Leader: Patrick Daubenmire (Loyola University of Chicago)
9:00 am - 9:45 amThomas J. Wenzel and Cynthia Larive (Bates College and University of California Riverside)
"Development of Contextual E-Learning Modules for Analytical Chemistry"
9:45 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:15 amJoanne Stewart and Barbara Reisner (Hope College and James Madison University)
"The Virtual Inorganic Pedagogical Electronic Resource: Collaboration, community building, and faculty development"
11:15 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:15 pmSimon North (Texas A&M University)
"Building an Undergraduate Physical Chemistry Laboratory Course for the 21st Century: A Case Study at Texas A&M University"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 6:00 pmFree Time
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmCognitive Science and Geoscience Education Research
Discussion Leader: David Yaron (Carnegie Mellon University)
7:30 pm - 8:15 pmDaniel Schwartz (Stanford University)
"What transfer research has to say about instruction and tests"
8:15 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:15 pmJulie Libarkin (Michigan State University)
"Visual Scientific Literacy and Learning"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
9:30 pm - 11:00 pmPoster Session II
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmParticipation, Progress, and Success for Teachers, Faculty, and Students
Discussion Leader: Jimmy Reeves (University of North Carolina - Wilmington)
9:00 am - 9:45 amDonald J. Wink (University of Illinois at Chicago)
"An identity trajectory analysis of engagement with a large urban district"
9:45 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:15 amSaundra McGuire (Louisiana State University)
"Get Chemistry Students to Focus on Learning Instead of Grades: Metacognition is the Key!"
11:15 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:15 pmDonna J. Nelson (University of Oklahoma)
"Faculty Demographics: A Look at Science and Engineering"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 6:00 pmFree Time
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 pmChemistry Education and Science Education for All
Discussion Leader: Stacey Lowery Bretz (Miami University)
7:30 pm - 8:15 pmRoald Hoffmann (Cornell University)
"Good Stories in Teaching Chemistry"
8:15 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:15 pmMartin Storksdieck (National Academy of Sciences, Board on Science Education)
"Chemistry in the public mind: perception, learning and emotion"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
9:30 pm - 11:00 pmPoster Session III
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmStudent Understanding of the Nano World and Getting Biologists Excited About Chemistry
Discussion Leader: MaryKay Orgill (University of Nevada - Las Vegas)
9:00 am - 9:45 amLeslie Flynn (University of Iowa)
"Microscopy Camp: Building Sustainable Collaborations in STEM Education"
9:45 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:15 amKristen Murphy (University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee)
"Scale literacy of undergraduate chemistry students: Is it really a big problem?"
11:15 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:15 pmBeth Vogel Taylor (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
"Bringing Biology and Medicine into Introductory Chemistry without Time-Intensive Curriculum Changes."
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 6:00 pmFree Time
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmImpacting Student Development and Achievement
Discussion Leader: Maria Oliver-Hoyo (North Carolina State University)
7:30 pm - 8:15 pmGautam Bhattacharyya (Clemson University)
"Rhyme and reason? Decision-making by scientists"
8:15 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:15 pmThomas J. Greenbowe (Iowa State University)
"Studying relationships: Human involvement in wet laboratory and computer simulations for general chemistry laboratory assessment tasks"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture

 
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