CREATE Science Seminar Series: Nicole Becker


Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 12:00pm to 1:15pm


252 Erickson Hall Michigan State University

Brown Bag: 11:45 a.m., 12:00 p.m. Speaker begins.

Developing an evidence-based learning progression for energy in an undergraduate general chemistry course

In this presentation Nicole Becker will describe efforts to develop an evidence-based learning progression for atomic-molecular level energetics in the context of a novel undergraduate general chemistry curriculum called Chemistry, Life, the Universe and Everything (CLUE). Implications for teaching energy ideas within the general chemistry contexts will be discussed.

Dr. Nicole Becker has a B.S. in chemistry from South Dakota State University and a Ph.D. in chemistry with an emphasis on chemistry education from Purdue University.  She is currently a post-doctoral research associate in the chemistry department at Michigan State University. Her current work centers on the role of core content ideas such as relationships between energy, molecular-level structure and chemical properties in supporting students’ understanding of undergraduate chemistry content. Her prior work has addressed the role of participation in classroom discourse on student learning of chemistry

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