Featured Research Project: Measuring Workshop Effectiveness

Student-faculty research opportunities abound throughout each school year and beyond. Grace Carter '24 studied with Justin Houseknecht, professor and chair of chemistry, measuring the effectiveness of a workshop facilitating the teaching of organic chemistry.

“Grace’s project aimed to measure the effectiveness of the NSF-sponsored Active Learning in Organic Chemistry faculty development workshops at changing participant knowledge, beliefs, and implementation of evidence-based instructional practices,” Houseknecht said. “She used pre- and post-workshop surveys based upon several theories of change to measure how participants’ knowledge, beliefs, and teaching practice changed after the workshop. Grace had to communicate professionally with faculty from all over the country, organize and analyze large amounts of data, and describe her results clearly.”

In the Student’s Own Words:

“The best part of doing summer research is learning new things every day and getting pizza on Fridays,” Carter said. “I learned to be more patient with myself, and that it’s okay if you don’t get something right away. There were moments where I didn’t understand part of the research, so I asked for clarification and kept trying until I got it right.

“I chose this research because I wanted to learn more about research in education,” she added. “I was also in one of Dr. Houseknecht’s classes where he used active learning, and I thought it would be interesting to research that approach to teaching.”

Grace Carter, class of 2024, from Columbus, Ohio
Educational Studies major and sociology minor

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