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Chemistry Education Research & Practice
Gordon Research Conference

Chemistry Education Within the National and Global Educational Context

Dates

June 18-23, 2017

Location

Bates College
Lewiston, ME Site Information

Organizers

Chair:
Gabriela C. Weaver

Vice Chair:
Vicente Talanquer

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by May 21, 2017. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Meeting Description

Students learning chemistry and other STEM disciplines will be entering a workforce that is increasingly global and addressing challenges that are often interdisciplinary. Developments over the past 30 year in the ways that we share and create information, primarily as a result of the internet, have also changed the landscape for teaching and the definitions of "learning environments". Economic developments over the last two decades have had additional impacts on the climate for higher education. What research questions in chemistry education are helping us to understand and address these changes? What are the implications for the translation of our research to the practice of chemistry teaching and learning? How are national and global policy and funding questions affecting the educational environments in which our research and practice takes place?

The theme of the 2017 Gordon Research Conference on Chemistry Education Research and Practice is current research in chemistry education and new/ongoing developments in its practice as situated in and affected by the larger national and global contexts in which they take place.

This meeting will bring together researchers and practitioners from academia, industry, informal science, and governmental and non-governmental agencies to address practical and theoretical issues related to the teaching and learning of chemistry relevant to a variety of educational contexts and levels. As is expected for the very highly regarded Gordon Research Conferences, presented work is intended to be current and unpublished, representing the cutting-edge of research and practice in this field. The conference format includes invited plenary sessions, semi-structured poster sessions, and free time to interact and network with conferees. Several features of the conference create an atmosphere that is intended to invigorate professional connections and promote advancement of the field: daily forums with intense intellectual engagement, off-the-record discussion of unpublished work, free afternoons in an idyllic setting, common meals and dormitory accommodations, and a limit on participation (<160).

Contributors

Preliminary Program

The topics and speakers for the conference sessions are displayed below (italics denote discussion leaders). The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program, which will include the complete meeting schedule, as well as the talk titles for all speakers. The detailed program will be available by February 18, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • The Institution as Context for Change in Chemistry Education
    (Ellen Yezierski / Melanie Cooper)
  • CER Work Within Academic and Disciplinary Cultures
    (Jack Barbera / Marcy Hamby Towns)
  • Technology-Enriched Learning and Teaching
    (Pratibha Varma-Nelson / Kristen Murphy)
  • Learning Outcomes
    (John Pollard / Mark Connolly)
  • The Laboratory in Chemistry Education
    (Gwen Lawrie / Michael Seery)
  • Inclusive Access and Success in Chemistry Education
    (Marykay Orgill / Mica Estrada / Sylvia Hurtado)
  • Communicating CER
    (Thomas Holme / Jodi Wesemann)
  • Scale-Up and Sustainability
    (Samuel Pazicni / Jennifer Lewis)
  • Achieving a Wider Impact on Educational Practice
    (Vicente Talanquer / Emily Miller / Marco Molinaro)
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