Sunday July 29, PM Workshps

W22: Increasing Problem-Solving Skills with POGIL-in-Context

John Goodwin, Coastal Carolina University
Troy Wolfskill, Stony Brook University
Daniel Apple, Pacific Crest

The Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning in Context POGIL-IC project has developed a series of advanced POGIL general chemistry activities that use interdisciplinary contextual themes as a way to introduce and fram chemistry problems. These activities and their supplements are designed to improve problem solving skills with proper implementation. The workbook Solving Real Problems with Chemistry (Pacific Crest, 2nd ed. 2011) includes “help” pages in different performance levels, labeled copper (which provides the most guidance), silver, and gold (which provides the least guidance), for instructors to distribute to support students in the processes of problem solving. The activities include post-activity questions to engage students in meta-cognitive reflection about the problem solving skills they are developing. Near and far-transfer problems, called “Got It” questions, allow students and instructors to assess student understanding of the activities. POGIL-IC activities have proven to be effective end-of-chapter summative assessment instruments that can be used to integrate the content and skill development from preliminary activities based on more focused and content-oriented POGIL materials, such as David Hanson’s Foundations of Chemistry (Pacific Crest, 4th ed. 2010). The workshop will allow participants to engage in activities from both the POGIL and POGIL-IC collections and to improve their skills in the integration of problem-solving in POGIL experiences; 3-hour session.

Intended Audience: HS/UG

$25 fee; limit of 50 participants

Sunday, July 29, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., 005 FRG


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