Visiting Professor - Dr. Diane Bunce - During March 6 and 7 of 2008
Dr. Diane Bunce will be visiting the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, on March 6 and 7 of 2008, to share her knowledge and experience in Chemical Education with our Department of Chemistry Faculty. The following activities have been scheduled:
- Thursday, March 6 at 4:30 pm in room A-211 - Seminar on Chemical Education (see abstract below).
- Friday, March 7 from 9:00 am to 12:00 m in room A-211 - Presentation of the New Guidelines approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS) Committee on Professional Training for ACS certification of Undergraduate Chemistry Programs.
- Friday, March 7 from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm in room A-211 - Workshop on Chemical Education (see abstract below)
Teaching is More than Lecturing and Learning is More than Memorizing
Students enter our chemistry classes with many insecurities and fears about their ability to be successful in chemistry. These fears often prevent students from trying or persisting in their study when the material becomes challenging, resulting in an average withdrawal and failure rate of 30% for a typical general chemistry course. This presentation will introduce the audience to some of those fears in the students’ own words. Research into teaching and learning has identified several aspects of the learning process that are common to all learners and across all disciplines. There are several ways that teachers can address the concerns of students and help facilitate their learning by incorporating the pedagogies that are based upon research on learning and teaching into their courses. This presentation will introduce several teaching and curriculum approaches that can be integrated into typical general chemistry classes. The effect of these innovations on student learning and persistence in the study of chemistry will be heard in the words of the students themselves.
The purpose of this workshop will be to allow participants to discuss the issues they face in the classroom. Through a directed discussion and small group work, participants will be introduced to the theory and implementation of such practices as student response systems (clickers); developing conceptual questions to use in class and on tests that challenge students to use logic in explaining chemical concepts rather than memorization; use of small groups and Process Orientated Guided Inquiry (POGIL) learning techniques and materials; development and utilization of online course support systems like Blackboard or WebCT; use of Class Advisory Boards and demonstrations that engage students in the chemistry they are trying to learn. Past and current research on some of these techniques will also be discussed.
For an American Chemical Society Carreer profile of Dr. Diane Bunce, please go to the following link: