P939: Curriculum reform in general chemistry for engineers: Results of a field trial
This poster reports on ChANge Chem, a newly initiated design-based research project to transform the curriculum of general chemistry to a more contextually relevant and engaging experience for engineering students. The project involves designing for recruitment and retention of underrepresented student groups by using the rich context of everyday engineering to cause students to see themselves, their interests and those of others in their learning activities. Grounded in cognitive apprenticeship, the curriculum situates water, air, waste and energy as fundamental principles in practical engineering problems, communicated as human-interest design projects. The projects are instructed using the cycle of engineering design through a sequence of model-eliciting activities during the recitation portion of the course. This study involved a mixed method analysis focused on establishing the unique design heuristics and principles, as well as an assessment of student learning and the experiences of instructors, teaching assistants, and students.