Investigating Classroom Myths through Research on Teaching and Learning (ACS Symposium Series 1074)

Investigating Classroom Myths through Research on Teaching and Learning (ACS Symposium Series 1074)

By: Diane M. Bunce (editor)Paperback

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This book is meant to be a companion volume for the ACS Symposium Series Book entitled Nuts and Bolts of Chemical Education Research. In the Nuts and Bolts book (edited by Diane M. Bunce and Renee Cole), readers were presented with information on how to conduct quality chemical education research. In the Myth book, exemplars of chemical education research are featured. In the cases where the chapter in the book is describing research that has already been published (typically in the Journal of Chemical Education), additional information is provided either in terms of research questions investigated that were not reported in the published article or background information on decisions made in the research that helped the investigation. The main focus of this type of discussion is to engage the reader in the reality of doing chemical education research including a discussion of the authors' motivation. It is expected that these two books could be used as textbooks for graduate chemical education courses showing how to do chemical education research and then providing examples of quality research.

About Author

Diane M. Bunce received her B.S. in Chemistry from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY; her Masters of Arts in Teaching from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; and her PhD in Chemical Education from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD. She is a chemistry professor at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC where she has taught for 26 years and directs a graduate program in chemical education. Diane is also the Associate Editor for Chemical Education Research for the Journal of Chemical Education and was an original author on the American Chemical Society's curriculum development teams for Chemistry in the Community (ChemCom) and Chemistry in the Context.


1. Myths: What Are They and How Can We Challenge Them? ; Diane M. Bunce ; 2. How Long Do Students Retain Knowledge after Taking a General Chemistry Test? ; Diane M. Bunce and Jessica R. VandenPlas ; 3. Student-Prepared Formula Sheets in General Chemistry: Do They Help or Hinder Learning? ; Jessica R. VandenPlas, Jack Barbera, Ky Mickelsen, and Ashton Hjerstedt ; 4. "Content Coverage" in a Lecture Format versus Activity-Based Instruction ; Maria T. Oliver-Hoyo ; 5. Development and Refinement of a Research Study Assessing Student Attention in General Chemistry ; Kelly Y. Neiles, Elizabeth A. Flens, Diane M. Bunce, and Michael Ferguson ; 6. Teaching Chemistry with Visualizations: What's the Research Evidence? ; Vickie M. Williamson ; 7. "These Kids Can't Do Inquiry," Another Urban Legend ; Patrick L. Daubenmire, Donald J. Wink, and Adam Tarnoff ; 8. Do Students Learn Chemistry Content in Accelerated Summer Courses? ; Mildred V. Hall, Linda A. Wilson, and Michael J. Sanger ; 9. General Chemistry Student Surveys: Longitudinal Data about Which Factors Helped Students Learn ; Norbert J. Pienta ; 10. Using Item Response Theory To Identify and Address Difficult Topics in General Chemistry ; Kimberly D. Schurmeier, Carrie G. Shepler, Gary J. Lautenschlager, and Charles H. Atwood ; 11. All Assessment Materials Are Not Created Equal: The Myths about Instrument Development, Validity, and Reliability ; Jack Barbera and Jessica R. VandenPlas ; 12. Assessing Conceptual versus Algorithmic Knowledge: Are We Engendering New Myths in Chemical Education? ; Thomas Holme and Kristen Murphy ; 13. Diverse Methodologies Used To Challenge Myths ; Jessica R. VandenPlas and Diane M. Bunce ; Editor's Biography ; Indexes

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  • ISBN13: 9780841227156
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 240
  • ID: 9780841227156
  • weight: 396
  • ISBN10: 0841227152

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