Session S59b (Wednesday, 2pm, Wartik 106)

P772: Improving chemical education for Native American students by incorporating preferred learning styles and methodologies

Sharyl Majorski (Central Michigan University & Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College, USA)

Native American college students have had a long history of being the least represented group in the sciences. Social and cultural struggles on college and university campuses have resulted in low persistence rates at institutions across the country for Native American students pursuing science degrees.  This presentation examines the importance of culture and learning styles when looking at ways to effectively help this population in their pursuit of understanding chemistry.  Strategies for removing some of the barriers that have existed will be discussed along with suggestions for teaching methodologies to improve the performance of Native American students in the chemistry classroom, both lecture and laboratory.


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