Research and Teaching: Transforming Discussion in General Chemistry With Authentic Experiences for Engineering Students

by: Kent J. Crippen, Treavor H. Boyer, Maria Korolev, Trisha de Torres, Phil J. Brucat, and Chang-Yu Wu

Undergraduate engineering education in the United States is in need of reform that addresses the recruitment and retention of a diverse population of students. Change Chem is a curriculum reform model that has been created to address this issue for freshman students. This article reports on a mixed method efficacy study of Change Chem, which uses collaborative problem-based learning with model-eliciting activities to transform the discussion section of general chemistry so as to better retain freshman who are engineering majors.


Analyzing data Asking questions Classifying Collecting data Communicating Disciplinary Core Ideas Disciplinary Core Ideas in Engineering, Technology, and the Application of Science Disciplinary Core Ideas in Physical Science ENCdl Experimenting Hypothesizing Interpreting data Measuring Modeling Observing Physical Science Predicting Science and Engineering Practices Science and Technology Science as Inquiry Science Focus Science process skills Scientific habits of mind SEP1: Asking Questions and Defining Problems SEP2: Developing and Using Models SEP3: Planning and Carrying Out Investigations SEP4: Analyzing and Interpreting Data SEP5: Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking SEP6: Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions SEP7: Engaging in Argument from Evidence SEP8: Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information Three Dimensions of the Framework and/or NGSS Using mathematics Using scientific equipment Using technology


Type Journal ArticlePub Date 5/1/2016Stock # jcst16_045_05_75Volume 045Issue 05

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