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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 years 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 As is expected for the very highly regarded Gordon Research Conferences, presented work is intended to be current and unpublished, representing the cutting-edge of research and practice in this field.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

Meeting Program

Sunday
2:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmEvidence as a Driver for Change in Chemistry Education
Discussion Leader: Samuel Pazicni (University of New Hampshire, USA)
7:40 pm - 8:20 pmMelanie Cooper (Michigan State University, USA)
"Evidence-Based Approaches to Curriculum Reform and Assessment"
8:20 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 9:15 pmMarco Molinaro (University of California, Davis, USA)
"Using Data to Drive Instructional Reform in General Chemistry"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Monday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pmChemistry Education and Complexity
Discussion Leader: Thomas Holme (Iowa State University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:10 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:10 am - 9:55 amMichael Seery (University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom)
"Revisiting the Laboratory: Preparing Students for Learning in a Complex Environment"
9:55 am - 10:10 amDiscussion
10:10 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:15 amMitchell Malachowski (University of San Diego, USA)
"Transforming STEM Curricula into Research-Rich Experiences for Students"
11:15 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:15 pmJennifer Lewis (University of South Florida, USA)
"Making Sense of Social Network Analysis"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmThe Role and Assessment of Outcomes
Discussion Leader: Anne Baranger (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
7:30 pm - 8:15 pmKristen Murphy (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA)
"New Approaches to Using ACS Exams Data"
8:15 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:15 pmMark Connolly (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
"National Indicators for Undergraduate STEM Education: Their Development and Implications"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Tuesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmNational Programs in STEM Transformation
Discussion Leader: John Pollard (University of Arizona, USA)
9:00 am - 9:45 amEmily Miller (Association of American Universities, USA)
"Investigating Institutional Change Through the Lens of the AAU STEM Initiative"
9:45 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:15 amJodi Wesemann (American Chemical Society, USA)
"Translating Research to Practice: ACS Projects in a New Century of Higher Education"
11:15 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:15 pmStephen Bradforth (University of Southern California, USA)
"Effective Evaluation of Teaching and Learning at Research Intensive Institutions"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmTeaching Teachers and Future Faculty
Discussion Leader: Julia Chamberlain (University of California, Davis, USA)
7:30 pm - 8:15 pmGinger Shultz (University of Michigan, USA)
"Exploring the Nature of Graduate Student Instructors' Knowledge for Teaching Chemistry"
8:15 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:15 pmHsin-Kai Wu (National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan)
"High School Science Teachers' Conceptions of Teaching and Assessment of Inquiry: Messages from Taiwan"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Wednesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmInclusive Access and Success in Chemistry Education
Discussion Leader: Marykay Orgill (University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA)
9:00 am - 9:45 amLeyte Winfield (Spelman College, USA)
"Creating Structured Community-Based Learning: A Platform for Understanding Learner Agency Among African American Women in STEM"
9:45 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:15 amGwendolyn Lawrie (The University of Queensland, Australia)
"Exploration of Multimodal External Representations in Chemistry Lectures: Pathways to Creating Inclusive Learning Environments"
11:15 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:15 pmChristian Schunn (University of Pittsburgh, USA)
"Designing Effective Curricular Materials: What Actually Matters?"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the Next Vice Chair; Fill in Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss Future Site and Scheduling Preferences; Election of the Next Vice Chair
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmDBER Within and Across Disciplinary and Academic Cultures
Discussion Leader: Pratibha Varma-Nelson (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, USA)
7:30 pm - 8:30 pmMarcy Hamby Towns (Purdue University, USA)
"Improving Undergraduate Student Understanding Across Disciplines: The Challenge of Transferring Knowledge Across Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fields"
8:30 pm - 8:45 pmDiscussion
8:45 pm - 8:55 pmChristopher Bauer (University of New Hampshire, USA)
"Context and Trends for CER - CB"
8:55 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:10 pmStacey Lowery Bretz (Miami University, USA)
"Context and Trends for CER - SLB"
9:10 pm - 9:15 pmDiscussion
9:15 pm - 9:25 pmMaria Oliver-Hoyo (North Carolina State University, USA)
"Context and Trends for CER - MOH"
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Thursday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmExamining Understanding
Discussion Leader: Greg Rushton (Stony Brook University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:45 amEllen Yezierski (Miami University, USA)
"Undergraduates Teaching Chemistry Through Outreach: Professional Development or Goodwill Without Guidance?"
9:45 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:15 amPeter Mahaffy (The King's University, Canada)
"Systems Thinking in Chemistry Education Reform"
11:15 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:15 pmDonald Wink (University of Illinois at Chicago, USA)
"Case Study: A Lens into the Behaviors and Identity of TAs and Students"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Research, Practice and Points in Between

Discussion Leader: Vicente Talanquer (University of Arizona, USA)
7:30 pm - 8:15 pmMartina Rau (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
"Supporting Students' Learning with Visual Representations in Active Learning Classrooms"
8:15 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:45 pmShort Talk Selected from Poster Abstracts
8:45 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:05 pmShort Talk Selected from Poster Abstracts
9:05 pm - 9:10 pmDiscussion
9:10 pm - 9:25 pmShort Talk Selected from Poster Abstracts
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Friday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture
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