P728: Assessment of student understanding in the undergraduate organic chemistry teaching laboratory

Author: John L. Grutsch, Purdue University, USA

Co-Author: George M. Bodner, Purdue University, USA

Date: 8/6/14

Time: 11:30 AM11:50 AM

Room: MAK BLL 126

Related Symposium: S53

A research study designed to probe student learning that occurs in the organic chemistry laboratory can provide insights into assessment of student learning at a deep, conceptual level. This paper will focus on the implications this study provides for assessing the conceptual learning of aspects of organic chemistry, with particular emphasis on students’ mechanistic understanding. The results of the study will be organized in terms of three general categories: mechanistic understanding, partial mechanistic understanding, and lack of mechanistic understanding. Each of these categories will be divided into two subcategories depending on whether the students’ answers did or did not contain incorrect statements.