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Student Survey on STEM Learning

In largest nationwide survey of college chemistry students, textbooks deemed “not at all helpful” to learning

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ACS Spring 2022 Highlights

Not attending ACS Spring 2022? Check out the research presentation abstracts by Aktiv Chemistry (Chem101) instructors here!

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Recipe for Recitation: Best Practices for Discussion Sections

Join a webinar with chemistry faculty Scott Reid (Marquette University) and Tara Todd (Vanderbilt University) on best practices for recitation/discussion sections.

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An Alternative to the Misconceptions-View of Learning and Assessment

Dr. Stowe explains the benefit and process of shifting our teaching practices away from considering “incorrect” student answers as indicators of define-able “misconceptions.” If we, instead, assume a “wrong answer” represents a momentary coalescence of small bits of knowledge, we can identify these “bits” and focus instruction on supporting useful “bit” activation across contexts. Dr. Stowe translates evidence and research into productive takeaways for teachers of first and second-year chemistry courses.

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Misconceptions that Chemistry Instructors Inadvertently Create through their Teaching

Sometimes the teaching methods we use to simplify complex chemistry concepts have the unintended consequence of causing confusion in students that only surfaces later on. Dr. Barke’s research has uncovered the most common of these ‘school-based misconceptions’ and he will share adjustments that instructors can make to prevent these issues as well as ways to identify and fix these misconceptions that may be lurking beneath the surface.

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Misconceptions that Students Bring with Them into the Chemistry Classroom

Many students’ conceptual difficulties in chemistry result from assumptions they hold about the natural world and mental shortcuts they take in their reasoning. Dr. Vicente Talanquer will share an explanatory framework that helps instructors understand and even predict these underlying misconceptions and also address them so students can build a firmer foundation in chemistry.

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