The Cognition and Chemistry blog hopes to assist instructors in the physical sciences who are seeking to
- Learn more about recent research on how students learn, and
- Discuss ways to harness this knowledge to help our students learn science.
The blog authors have degrees in chemistry, not cognitive science, but because we are also educators, we believe that research on how the brain works can assist us in our work. Our goal is to read the cognitive science, look for parts of the research that are relevant to teaching chemistry, look for ways to apply that research, and disseminate to the science education community what we have found in our readings.
The views expressed in the blog are the personal perspectives of the author of each post. The blog authors invite alternative and opposing viewpoints in the Comments. When those viewpoints are lengthy, we will invite, and our readers are invited to request, the opportunity to post as guest authors.
The authors of the blog believe that
- All instructors are dedicated to helping students learn;
- None of us in the past correctly guessed what the new science data are now saying students and instructors need to do to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of student learning in the sciences; and
- All of us gain by examining, discussing, and debating what the data say, and what the experts in cognition say the data say, about how the brain works and how students can maximize the rate at which they learn.
The blog authors can be reached at ChemReviewTeam@ChemReview.Net