Dr Hannah Sevian

Cultural and Contextual Impact on Learning to Think as a Chemist

SNAPSHOT

Dr Sevian's project studied the cultural and contextual impact on "learning to think like a chemist". The goal was to examine how culture and context impact students' development of thinking about chemistry. The research analyzed through surveys the social, political, economic and environmental factors to account for, when making decisions involving the application of chemical design. The study presents the results based on similarities and differences demonstrated by students from U.S. and Costa Rica, when triggered to think about chemical structure and property relationship, as well as benefits, costs and risks associated with designing chemical processes.

RESULTS AT A GLANCE

Dr Sevian published two articles with her collaborators as a result of the research project:

[PDF] 1- Sevian, H.; Ngai, C.; Szteinberg, G.; Brenes, P.; Arce, H. Concepcion de la identidad quimica en estudiantes y profesores de quimica: Parte I - la identidad quimica como base del concepto macroscopico de sustancia. [Translation: Chemistry students' and professors' conceptions of chemical identity: Part I - chemical identity as the basis of the macroscopic concept of substance.] Educacion Quimica, 2015, 26(1), 13-20.

[PDF] 2-  Szteinberg, G.; Brenes, P.; Arce, H.; Sevian, H. Concepcion de la identidad quimica en estudiantes y profesores de quimica: Part II - comparacion entre participandes en dios universidades de diferentes paises. [Translation: Chemisty students' and professors' conceptions of chemical identity: Part II - comparison of participants at two universities in different countries.] Educacion Quimica, 2015, 26(1), 100-116.

The research team also gave the following conference presentations, as a result of the research project:

* Szteinberg, G.; Cullipher, S.; Ngai, C.; Sevian, H.; Arce, H. (2013 April). Multicultural Perspectives on Chemical Design, ACS National Meeting and Exposition, New Orleans, LA

* Sevian, H.; Arce, H.; Szteinberg, G. (2014, March). Critical Theory Perspective on Theoretical Foundations of a Learning Progression on Chemical Thinking, ACS National Meeting and Exposition, Dallas, Texas

* Arce, H.; Sevian, H.; Szteinberg, G. (2014, March). Cultural and Contextual Differences in US vs. Costa Rican Undergraduate Students' Chemical Thinking, ACS National Meeting and Exposition, Dallas, Texas

* Szteinberg, G.; Sevian, H.; Brenes, P.; Arce, H. (2014, March). A Cross-cultural Study of the Development of Understanding of Chemical Design. NARST Conference, Pittsburgh, PA

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