Advanced Topics in the Teaching and Learning of Chemistry
The course will feature research undertaken in the classes of participants. The initial course was designed to examine what was happening and to build understandings about why the teaching and learning of chemistry occurred as it did within the participants' schools, clusters and school districts. This course is intended to develop a cadre of teacher leaders in chemistry. The curriculum will address the particular needs of the students and the standards of the school district. The goal is to implement a curriculum that will lead to substantial improvement in the achievement of high school students. The students will identify from the literature the best practices that are likely to be salient in the conditions in which they teach and adopt these in an effort to attain rigorous standards. They will explore their roles within the school and district as agents of systemic reform and will endeavor to build a local community to sustain high quality teaching and learning.