Event Title

Chemistry in Action - Collaborative Implementation of Chemistry Active-Learning Activities in Middle School

Mentor 1

Dr. Anja Blecking

Location

Union Wisconsin Room

Start Date

28-4-2017 1:30 PM

End Date

28-4-2017 4:00 PM

Description

Chemistry instructions does not only concentrate on the teaching of a certain body of knowledge, it is a way of conveying scientific concepts and principles, and enabling learners to critically evaluate scientific information in everyday life. Well-designed science instruction provides information and tools to students interested in investigating the world around them. Middle school chemistry instruction is about triggering students' excitement for science and laying a solid foundation for future science experiences and instructions.

This study describes the results of a collaborative project between the West Allis West Milwaukee School District and the UWM Science House. During the project, active-learning experiences in physical science have been implemented in three 8th grade science classes over the 2015/2016 school year. An analysis of various collected assessments focuses on students' learning progression in regards to particle presentation, detailed description of scientific observations, usage of academic language, and overall understanding of the presented physical science concepts. This study is part of a growing body of collaborative research conducted in middle and high schools, based on latest educational research and best practices.

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Chemistry in Action - Collaborative Implementation of Chemistry Active-Learning Activities in Middle School

Union Wisconsin Room

Chemistry instructions does not only concentrate on the teaching of a certain body of knowledge, it is a way of conveying scientific concepts and principles, and enabling learners to critically evaluate scientific information in everyday life. Well-designed science instruction provides information and tools to students interested in investigating the world around them. Middle school chemistry instruction is about triggering students' excitement for science and laying a solid foundation for future science experiences and instructions.

This study describes the results of a collaborative project between the West Allis West Milwaukee School District and the UWM Science House. During the project, active-learning experiences in physical science have been implemented in three 8th grade science classes over the 2015/2016 school year. An analysis of various collected assessments focuses on students' learning progression in regards to particle presentation, detailed description of scientific observations, usage of academic language, and overall understanding of the presented physical science concepts. This study is part of a growing body of collaborative research conducted in middle and high schools, based on latest educational research and best practices.