P791: Using the Socratic method and group work in a flipped classroom to teach the general chemistry sequence

Author: Brian D. Kesling, Campbell University, USA


Date: 8/6/14

Time: 11:30 AM11:50 AM

Room: MAK B1100

Related Symposium: S63

Students have been coming to my general chemistry class for seven years under the mistaken belief that they will be able to watch an eighty minute lecture and be prepared for an exam. Implementation of online homework assignments has helped to track issues with homework but has failed to make a significant impact on turning students into active learners. In the Fall of 2013, I began flipping my general chemistry classroom and using the Socratic method to engage students one on one during lecture. Additionally, group problem solving-sessions during class have lead to increased student interaction and inquiry-based learning. Results for the first semester were encouraging, with three sections scoring five percent above the national average on a standardized ACS final exam. These techniques should be useful for classrooms of up to one hundred students.