Session S28b (Monday, 2pm, Wartik 108)

P314: Chemistry, life, the universe and everything

Melanie Cooper (Clemson University, USA), Michael Klymkowsky (University of Colorado – Boulder, USA)

Chemistry plays a central role in scientific understanding, and General Chemistry is the university course where many students begin – and end – their college level chemistry education. It is where many teachers of physical science and chemistry learn most of their relevant chemistry, and as such is the course with the greatest impact on the public perception, knowledge and understanding of chemical principles.

However, the structure of the traditional general chemistry course does not appear to be effective for promoting deep conceptual understanding or an interest and pleasure in learning chemistry. Chemistry, Life, the Universe and Everything (CLUE), is a new general chemistry curriculum that uses an evidence-based approach to the development of a coherent set of principles. The core concepts of structure, function and energy are developed through interconnected learning progressions. In this presentation we will provide an overview of the curriculum and the results of two years of pilot programs comparing students in the CLUE curriculum to a cohort of students in a traditional curriculum.

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