Prerequisites:None. Crosslisting: CAS 352 (fall) / CAS 355 (spring)
Course Summary: This course is designed to prepare students to be effective Workshop leaders in chemistry courses. Topics include: group dynamics; diversity; student development; learning theory; cognitive apprenticeship; metacognition and constructivism. These ideas are developed and applied in the context of Workshop practice. Discussions will include both theoretical and practical aspects of leading a chemistry workshop. The class meets for 1.5 hours each week in the semester in which students are leading Workshops. Readings from the research literature, class discussion and a research paper and presentation are required.
Course Topics: Leadership Theories; Tuckman Team Development; Parker and Belbin Team Roles; Problem Solving/ Evaluating Abilities; Vygotsky’s Zone; Politeness and Inequities; Encoding and Memory Techniques; Concept maps as review;
Bennett’s Model of Multicultural Development; Conceptual vs Algorithmic Problem Solving; Critical Thinking; Kolb’s Experiential Learning.
Required Text: Readings provided from Tuckman, Kolb, Roth, Bennett, Ferron, Brown & Levinson, Parker, Glatthorn & Coble.