Vicente Talanquer

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An Initial Learning Progression in Chemical Design (Collaborative Research: Talanquer)

Vicente Talanquer, University of Arizona (U of A), University of Massachusetts, Boston (UMass Boston)
In this project, investigators are developing and testing a learning progression for the study of chemistry. Likely pathways are investigated for how grade 8-13 student's implicit assumptions develop on five major threads of chemical design. A focus on chemical design facilitates the coherent integration of scientific and engineering practices, cross-cutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas. This approach should make chemistry more engaging to a greater variety of students.

Supporting Chemistry Teachers to Assess and Foster Chemical Thinking

Hannah Sevian, University of Massachusetts, Boston (UMass Boston)
The fundamental purpose of this project is to develop, implement, and study a professional development (PD) model for improving chemistry teachers' formative assessment practices to foster teaching focused on chemical thinking.