P979: Understanding evidence in chemistry: Engaging students in argumentation to support scientific conclusions

Author: Rebecca L. Sansom, Brigham Young University, USA

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Date: 8/7/14

Time: 9:55 AM10:15 AM

Room: MAK A1165

Related Symposium: S68

One of the most significant challenges we face as chemistry educators is helping students make connections between what they can observe at the macroscopic level, the symbolic notation used in chemical equations, and an atomic/molecular level understanding of a chemical reaction. I will present argumentation strategies incorporating reading, writing and dialogue that engage the students more fully in their own learning by forcing them to support their position with evidence, and encouraging them to make the difficult conceptual connections between seemingly disconnected levels of chemical understanding. The example shared is related to the concept of a limiting reactant, but the principles of argumentation can be broadly applied in multiple contexts.

P988: Dual enrollment courses: Collaboration, checks and balances for success

Author: Rebecca L. Sansom, Brigham Young University, USA

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Date: 8/7/14

Time: 11:30 AM11:50 AM

Room: MAK A1111

Related Symposium: S69

The concurrent enrollment program through Salt Lake Community College offering introductory chemistry courses at Bingham High School in South Jordan, Utah has been highly successful. Hundreds of students earn concurrent credit each year. Instructor approval processes, course approval processes, and course and instructor evaluation will be discussed. Important adaptations to the curriculum in order to meet requirements of both the college and the state core allow students to be introduced to the rigors of college level work in a familiar environment, easing the transition from high school to college.