Chemistry Education Research

Zahilyn Roche Allred was selected as one of the top two doctoral students for her poster presentation at the 2017 Miami University Graduate Research ForumAna’s Concept Inventory about Flame Tests & Atomic Emission was published in the Journal of Chemical EducationJessica Gephart returns to Miami to be honored as with exceptional young alumni - one of 18 of the last 09The Bretz & Yezierski CER Groups presented their research at the 2017 Miami University Graduate Research ForumMikayla presents her NSF REU project on cluster analysis of students’ thinking about enzyme-substrate interactionsBretz group alumnus Dr. Nathan Grove returned to Miami for the CER GSPD ConferenceGrad Students & Post-Docs at the 2017 CER Professional Development ConferenceBretz group alumna Dr. Mary Emenike and Stacey at the TRUSE ConferenceStacey's & colleagues' new Gen Chem textbooks feature pedagogy based on the Bretz group's research on student understanding of representationsBretz CER Group Fall 2016

In the Bretz group, we conduct research on the teaching and learning of chemistry. We are particularly interested in designing assessments to measure what students know and are able to do. Specifically, we

  • investigate how students construct & interpret multiple chemistry representations
    • symbolic
      (chemistry as a
       “foreign language”)
    • macroscopic
      (observations with
       the human senses)
    • particulate
      (molecules, ions & atoms)
  • develop tools to measure meaningful learning
    • cognitive (thinking about chemistry)
    • affective (feelings about chemistry)
    • psychomotor (doing of chemistry)

Interested in joining our group?

  • Miami undergraduates should stop by 369 Hughes.
  • Prospective graduate students should visit the Miami CER page.

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