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Making Chemistry Relevant. Strategies for Including All Students in a Learner-Sensitive Classroom Environment. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 2174875
  • Book
  • April 2010
  • 304 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Unique new approaches for making chemistry accessible to diverse students

Students' interest and achievement in academics improve dramatically when they make connections between what they are learning and the potential uses of that knowledge in the workplace and/or in the world at large. Making Chemistry Relevant presents a unique collection of strategies that have been used successfully in chemistry classrooms to create a learner-sensitive environment that enhances academic achievement and social competence of students.

Rejecting rote memorization, the book proposes a cognitive constructivist philosophy that casts the teacher as a facilitator helping students to construct solutions to problems. Written by chemistry professors and research groups from a wide variety of colleges and universities, the book offers a number of creative ways to make chemistry relevant to the student, including: - Teaching science in the context of major life issues and STEM professions - Relating chemistry to current events such as global warming, pollution, and terrorism - Integrating science research into the undergraduate laboratory curriculum - Enriching the learning experience for students with a variety of learning styles as well as accommodating the visually challenged students - Using media, hypermedia, games, and puzzles in the teaching of chemistry

Both novice and experienced faculty alike will find valuable ideas ready to be applied and adapted to enhance the learning experience of all their students.
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Contributors vii

Preface ix

Editor Profile xiii

1. Philosophical, Cognitive, and Sociological Roots for Connections in Chemistry Teaching and Learning 1
Donald J. Wink

2. Chemistry and the Environment: A SENCER Model Course 27
Amy M. Shachter

3. CORD’s Applications in Biology/Chemistry:Teaching Science in the Context of Major Life Issues 47
Bonnie Rinard and Mark Whitney

4. The Science of Terrorism: An Interdisciplinary Course for Nonscience Majors 67
Laura Post Eisen

5. Chemistry for the Twenty-First Century: Bringing the “Real World” into the Lab 87
Gautam Bhattacharyya

6. Student-Centered, Active Learning Pedagogies in Chemistry Education 107
Gail Marshall

7. Creating a Relevant, Learner-Centered Classroom for Allied Health Chemistry 127
Laura DeLong Frost

8. Working with Chemistry: A Laboratory Inquiry Program 145
Julie Ellefson

9. Making Chemistry Relevant to Science and Engineering Majors 169
ulie K. Bartley, Sharmistha Basu-Dutt, Victoria J. Geisler, Farooq A. Khan, and S. Swamy-Mruthinti

10. The Center for Authentic Science Practice in Education: Integrating Science Research into the Undergraduate Laboratory Curriculum 193
Cianán B. Russell, Anne K. Bentley, Donald J. Wink, and Gabriela C. Weaver

11. Enriching the Chemistry Experience for All Students: Sensorial Experiments That Include Visually
Challenged Students 207
Maria Oliver-Hoyo

12. Media in Chemistry Education 227
William J. Donovan

13. A Walk on the Applied Side: Developing Hypermedia for Physical Chemistry 251
Erik M. Epp and Gabriela C. Weaver

14. Effective Use of Games and Puzzles in the Chemistry Classroom 267
Thomas D. Crute III

Index 283

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Sharmistha Basu-Dutt University of West Georgia, USA.
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