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Introductory Chemistry: A Novel Approach. Dr. Levi Torrison Dr. Fiona Lihs Estrella Mountain Community College, Avondale, AZ. Not such a new idea!. One of the greatest minds was taught at a school that:

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introductory chemistry a novel approach

Introductory Chemistry: A Novel Approach

Dr. Levi Torrison

Dr. Fiona Lihs

Estrella Mountain Community College, Avondale, AZ

not such a new idea
Not such a new idea!
  • One of the greatest minds was taught at a school that:

“promoted using a series of steps that begins with hands on observations and then proceeded to intuitions, conceptual thinking, and visual imagery, where rote drills, memorization and force-fed facts were avoided.”

Einstein: His Life and Universe Walter Isaacson

background
Background

Modeling and physics

Modeling and HS

Modeling/Active learning at EMCC

what it looks like
What it looks like

Pics of whiteboarding

work with your group
Work with your group:

Science question/demo

Groups whiteboard (butcher paper)

Discussion/ board meeting with a couple people

Post activity

a ssessment of b asic c hemistry c oncepts
Assessment of Basic Chemistry Concepts
  • American Chemical Society Averages
    • Second semester chemistry students
  • entrance score of 10/22
  • exit score of 11/22 correct.
  • increase of 1 of the possible 12 answered wrong initially
  • g value of 0.08.

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  • EMCC
    • Introductory Chemistry students
  • entrance score of 8.9/20
  • exit score of 11.9/20
  • increase of 3 of the possible 10.4 answered wrong initially
  • g value of 0.27
lessons learned
Lessons learned

Be prepared for three years of complaints

Align all sections

Don’t let boards surprise you

Peer pressure, review

If you are interested – contact Levi

references
References

Beyond Appearances: Students’ misconceptions about basic chemical ideas; Vanessa Barker: Royal Society of Chemistry

Question their Answers; Brenda Royce: The physics teacher; Volume 42, October 2004 Page 25-26

Why you should measure your students’ reasoning ability; Coletta, Phillips, Steinart: The physics teacher; Volume 45, April 2007 page 235-238

Exothermic Bond Breaking: A persistent misconception; William Galley: Journal of Chemical Education; Volume 81, No.4 page 523-525

Testing for conceptual understanding in General Chemistry; Bowen, Bunce: The chemical educator; Volume 2 No.2 presented at ACS April 2007

The great ideas of chemistry; Gillespie: Journal of chemical education; Volume 74 No. 7 July 1997 page 862-864

Improving teaching and learning through chemistry education research: A look to the future; Dorothy Gabel: Journal of chemical education; Volume 76 No. 4 April 1999 page 548-556

thank you for your attention and time
Thank you for your attention and time

I wonder where I put my goggles?

Looks way too perky and happy. – evidently loves her job.

Awesome hair.

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