Chemistry Education Research

Bretz CER Group Fall 2016Stacey's & colleagues' new Gen Chem textbooks feature pedagogy based on the Bretz group's research on student understanding of representationsStacey with ACS Award Winners Tom Holme (Pimentel Award) and Marcy Towns (CER Award) at the 2017 Spring ACS National Meeting in San Francisco, CAMaia and Stacey with Bretz group alumnae Dr. Mary Beth Anzovino and Dr. Kelli Galloway at the spring 2017 ACS meeting in San FranciscoJoanna presented her research at the Undergraduate Poster Session at the 2017 ACS National Spring meetingTim, Maia, Greg, & Zahy sightseeing at the ACS 2017 Spring National meeting in San Francisco, CACarrie and Tim at the 2017 Undergraduate Research ForumKatie and Maia at the 2017 Undergraduate Research ForumKevin and Tim at the 2017 Undergraduate Research ForumGrad Students & Post-Docs at the 2017 CER Professional Development ConferenceBretz group alumnus Dr. Nathan Grove returned to Miami for the CER GSPD ConferenceBretz group alumna Dr. Mary Emenike and Stacey at the TRUSE Conference

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
      (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.

© 2017   Stacey Lowery Bretz   Miami University   Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry   Oxford, OH 45056   bretzsl@miamioh.edu   513.529.3731