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Plath, Kathryn L Instructor


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research overview

  • This year, two studies have been taken on with the intent of improving general chemistry education. Belonging in STEM: The objective of this project is to perform a pilot survey to gather preliminary data on whether gender, sexuality, or ethnicity has an effect on the belonging uncertainty (the sense of social belonging) and ability uncertainty (the sense of ability to succeed) in general chemistry 1 (CHEM 1113) students at the University of Colorado Boulder. Metacognition: The main objective of this study is to teach metacognition and related study and exam-taking strategies to undergraduate students in STEM courses and to determine which strategies students choose to adopt to be successful on exams in these courses. This study will gather data by administering a survey in class before the first exam and at the end of the semester, and will correlate survey results with exam scores and class grades.


  • Teaching Critical Thinking, Metacognition, Belonging, Persistence in STEM


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courses taught

  • CHEM 1133 General Chemistry 2 (Spring 2019)
  • CHEM 1113 General Chemistry 1 (Fall 2018)
  • CHEM 1031 Environmental Chemistry 2 (Spring 2018)
  • CHEM 1133 General Chemistry 2 (Spring 2018)
  • CHEM 1134 Laboratory in General Chemistry 2 (Spring 2018)