CHED Julianne Smist, Carmen Gauthier, Nicole Snyder  Thursday, August 26, 2010 

436 - Spiral curricular approaches in General Chemistry: Increasing the conceptualization and the retention of knowledge for future applications

Dr. Michael P Masingale PhD, Jane D Masingale MS Department of Chemistry and Physics, Le Moyne College, Syracuse, NY, United States; Pre-Kindergarten, Dr. King Community Magnet School, Syracuse, NY, United States

Students are introduced to the use of simple conceptual and mathematical models as organizing treads for acquiring new knowledge. A simple electrostatic interaction model, for example, serves as the basis for the conceptual understanding of diverse phenomena; from ionic compound solubility in water, to ionic and covalent bond formation, variations in the periodic properties of the elements, to the interaction of light and matter. This model, revisited repeatedly during a two semester course sequence, not only leads to an increase in the retention of knowledge but enables students to begin the adoption of a mode of learning in which rote memory is put aside and new knowledge acquired in a systematic and reasoned manner.


Thursday, August 26, 2010 09:20 AM
General Papers (08:00 AM - 11:35 AM)
Location: Seaport Hotel
Room: Seaport Ballroom C

 

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