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STEM Ed Announcement: Developing Students Spatial Skills in General Chemistry
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- Subject: STEM Ed Announcement: Developing Students Spatial Skills in General Chemistry
- From: "Mort Sternheim" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 13:13:05 -0400
The UMass STEM Ed Institute Presents: Tuesday STEM Seminars
*** Note room change to Hasbrouck 113 ***
Developing Students' Spatial Skills in General Chemistry
The study of chemistry requires the understanding and use of spatial
relationships, which have been shown to be challenging for many students.
This study implemented guided activities designed to strengthen students?
spatial skills, with the aim of preparing students for advanced study in
chemistry and other future STEM coursework. A pre/post quasi-experimental
design was employed in which the experimental (n = 209) and control group
(n = 212) were administered a pre and post-test. The results of a one-way
ANOVA confirmed that student performance differed significantly between
groups, indicating that the guided activities were successful in
strengthening students? ability to reason with spatial information. In
particular, the results indicate that students? improved their ability to
identify symmetry planes, visualize in 3D, mentally rotate molecules, and
translate between 2D representations and 3D molecular models. The results
also suggest that a large amount of class time need not be devoted to
enhance students skills, and that a diverse group of students can be
trained together effectively without the need to separate high and low
STEM seminars are held at 4PM on the first and third Tuesdays of each
month during the academic year in Hasbrouck 113. Everyone is welcome; no
reservations are needed, and there is no charge.
Parking is available in the Campus Center Garage.
STEM Ed Institute
237 Hasbrouck Lab, Umass
Amherst, MA 01003
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