Monday July 30, AM Sessions

S28a: The Good, the Bad, the Calculated & the Conceptual

Organizer: Jeff Huettman (McGraw Hill, USA)

Presider: Jeff Huettman (McGraw-Hill, USA)

Few chemistry instructors would argue with the fact that conceptual understanding can lead to success in algorithmic aspects of the course, but that the reverse is not necessarily true. Students today are ever more driven to rote calculator strategies to find success. Likewise, online homework systems and scan-tron tests make conceptual understanding increasingly difficult to measure. Most chemistry instructors would agree that creating better critical thinkers is a primary goal of the course, but, especially in large lecture scenarios, this goal is ever more elusive. We find ourselves increasingly involved in a “Will this be on the test?” environment, where even an answer of “yes” to that question is no guarantee of success. This symposium endeavors to explore the issues around conceptual understanding. What are the implications of a continued slide towards algorithmic problem solving over conceptual understanding? What techniques are working in the classroom to get to conceptual understanding? What tools and strategies have been successfully implemented to create more chemistry understanding and put problem solving over solving problems?

     Introduction 9:30am-9:35am

P199: Stopping the rot: Using open-ended problems to drive understanding and engagement

Tina Overton 9:35am – 9:55am – Wartik 108

P200: Shifting learning outcomes in General Chemistry as our phones become smarter

Karsten Theis 9:55am – 10:15am – Wartik 108

P201: Writing to learn as a method to enhance conceptual understanding in general chemistry

Joan Esson 10:15am – 10:35am – Wartik 108

P202: Teaching and learning chemistry with the SEE-I technique

Abbey Rosen 10:35am – 10:55am – Wartik 108

Break 10:55am-11:10am

P203: Integrating problem solving with conceptual learning in chemical equilibrium

David Yaron 11:10am – 11:30am – Wartik 108

P204: Teaching how we think instead of what we know

Vicente Talanquer 11:30am – 11:50am – Wartik 108

P205: Attempting to solve problems without understanding the nature of the question – WITHDRAWN

Ozcan Gulacar 11:50am – 12:10am – Wartik 108 – WITHDRAWN

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