P457: “I don’t like chemistry because” How do students’ definitions of chemistry influence their attitudes towards the discipline?

Author: Oluwatobi O. Odeleye, South Dakota State University, USA

Co-Author: Amy Flanagan Johnson, Eastern Michigan University, USA

Date: 8/5/14

Time: 11:10 AM11:30 AM

Room: MAK A1151

Related Symposium: S38

This study investigated how students define chemistry as well as their views towards the discipline. Students in General Chemistry I and II, Analytical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Biochemistry labs were interviewed using a semi-structured method. The interviews were transcribed and analyzed for emergent themes. This presentation will focus on such topics as the disconnect between my recruitment plan and how the participants for the study were actually selected, the data collection process, and the iterative cycles of data analysis. I will conclude with a reflection on the lessons learned from conducting this project and how various processes can been improved upon moving forward.

P38: Identifying classroom resources that align with the Next Generation Science Standards

Author: Amy Flanagan Johnson, Eastern Michigan University, USA


Date: 8/3/14

Time: 3:05 PM3:25 PM

Room: MAK B1112

Related Symposium: S6

In Fall 2013, the National Science Teachers Association recruited curators to identify resources that align with the NGSS grade level and content areas. The NSTA NGSS Curators represent a wide range of formal and informal science educators from across the country. As the curator for middle school chemical reactions, I will share some of the resources I have identified, as well as discuss the evaluation rubric used by all the curators and how it can be applied to identify quality K-20 chemical education resources that are in keeping with the philosophy of the NGSS.