Chemistry Education Research

Bretz CER Group, Fall 2019Daniel presented his REU research for summer 2019CER Grad Students & PostDocs at the 2019 Professional Development ConferenceMolly, Stacey & Bretz group alumni at the 2019 CERP Gordon Research ConferenceStacey presented a #CERGinar for the Royal Society of Chemistry.Dr. Tim Abell & Dr. Zahilyn Roche Allred celebrate graduation with their PhDs at Miami’s seal!Stacey & Ellen with our current & former research students (plus their students!), who all presented at the 2019 ACS National Meeting in Orlando, FL.Kate Yezierski won Runner-Up Best Undergraduate Poster in CER at ACS Orlando, Spring 2019.Carrie Dobbs won Runner-Up Best Undergraduate Poster in CER at ACS Orlando, Spring 2019.Some talented chemists from the Bretz CER group at ACS 2019.Molly with her Ph.D. advisor (Norb Pienta, Editor JCE) and her post-doc advisor (SLB) at ACS Orlando.Stacey & colleagues have co-authored two textbooks that feature pedagogy based on the Bretz group's research on student understanding of representations

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

  • characterize chemistry students’ reasoning with multiple 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.

© 2019   Stacey Lowery Bretz   Miami University   Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry   Oxford, OH 45056   bretzsl@miamioh.edu   513.529.3731