Chemistry Education Research

Maia’s latest JCE paper was highlighted as a prestigious #ACSEditorsChoiceDr. Maia Popova gets ‘hooded’ at graduation!Katie & Lilly each won the prestigious Dean’s Scholar Award!Charlie, Lilly, Carrie, & Kate at Miami’s Undergraduate Research Forum.The latest cognate research collaboration with the Danielson group has been published in J. Chem. Educ.Carrie Dobbs was honored for the Best Undergraduate CER Poster at the 2018 ACS National Meeting in New Orleans!Mikayla DeLuca, an REU student in the Bretz group and an undergraduate at Penn State Berks, was honored as Runner-Up for Best Undergraduate CER Poster at the 2018 ACS National Meeting in New Orleans!The Bretz CER group makes a splash at the ACS meeting in New OrleansCatching up with Bretz alumni, Kim and David, at the ACS CHED poster session in New OrleansTim Abell’s first paper about students’ understandings of enthalpy in the context of dissolving and precipitation has been published in the Journal of Chemical Education.Zahilyn Roche Allred was selected as one of the top two doctoral students for her poster presentation at the 2017 Miami University Graduate Research ForumJessica Gephart returned to Miami to be honored with exceptional young alumni - one of 18 of the last 09Stacey & 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

  • 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.

© 2018   Stacey Lowery Bretz   Miami University   Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry   Oxford, OH 45056   bretzsl@miamioh.edu   513.529.3731