Overview

WHAT DO WE DO?

We are a chemistry education research (CER) and science education research group. We study the factors that affect different types of learning and how we, as teachers and learners, might best approach and improve chemistry and science education at the post-secondary level. Below, we describe discipline-based education research and some of our projects.

WHAT IS DISCIPLINE-BASED EDUCATION RESEARCH (DBER)?

DBER is “an emerging, interdisciplinary research enterprise that combines the expertise of scientists and engineers with methods and theories that explain learning.” (National Research Council, p. 1) DBER incorporates knowledge from research on learning and cognition to study student learning and understanding. The results of DBER are used to improve students’ learning and experiences, particularly in higher education. Through DBER, innovations can be studied to determine whether they actually have the intended positive impact on learning or whether they simply entertain. We hope it’s the former!

Reference: National Research Council: Discipline-Based Education Research: Understanding and Improving Learning in Undergraduate Science and Engineering; Singer, S.R.; Nielsen, N.R.; Schweingruber, H.A., Eds.; The National Academies Press: Washington, DC, 2012.

WHAT CAN ONE DO WITH A DEGREE IN CHEMISTRY EDUCATION RESEARCH?

After completing a M.Sc. or Ph.D. in Chemistry (focusing on CER), opportunities include: