The selection of invited speakers at MICER16 is intended to cover a range of topics relating to methods in (chemistry) education research. I’m delighted to announce that the following have agreed to present on their work. In order of their intended position on the programme, they are:*

Chris Randles

Chris is based at the University of Hull, where he is in the final stages of his PhD in chemistry education, under the supervision of Prof Tina Overton. He will be discussing methods in the context of his recent CERP paper “Expert vs. novice: approaches used by chemists when solving open-ended problems“, which invoked grounded theory. You can read Chris’ pre-seminar information on grounded theory here.

Claire Mc Donnell

Claire is based at Dublin Institute of Technology, where she works at the Learning Teaching and Technology Centre. Claire is a member of the editorial board of CERP. She completed an MA (Higher Education) and will present the methods used in her research project which studied students’ experience and perception of learning resources, as viewed from a phenomenographic perspective. Claire will also discuss the process of preparing a publication from a dissertation. You can read Claire’s pre-seminar information on phenomenography here.

Ross Galloway

Ross is based at the University of Edinburgh, and is a member of the Physics Education Research Group, being part of the substantial amount of innovative practice and educational research completed there. Ross will discuss the methods used in the recent publication from the group in Phys Rev ST, “Analyzing learning during Peer Instruction dialogues“. This involved the use of smart pens to collect data and Ross’ talk will focus on the use of this method in the context of the research design and how the data could be used to address the research questions. You can read Ross’ pre-seminar information on this approach here.

Fraser Scott

Fraser is based at the University of Strathclyde, where he is a researcher in medicinal chemistry. His education interests in the general area of maths for chemistry. His talk will focus on his recent CERP paper,  “A simulated peer-assessment approach to improving student performance in chemical calculations“. This used a quantitative approach, and Fraser will discuss the methods used in gathering data, along with the statistical tests employed in his analysis.

Jane Essex

Jane is based at Brunel University, London where she is a lecturer in science education. She has a long involvement with the Chemistry Education Research Group. She has wide interests covering teacher education, communication, and mentoring. She will speak on the latter topic, specifically on her CERP paper “An exploration of the effects of mentoring on post-16 Chemistry students’ exam performance“. She will discuss the use of interviews in gathering data in the context of this project, and generating data to relate to examination performance.

*Author summaries written by Michael Seery.


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