Ken Cheung gives paper on improving chemistry self-efficacy

Ken Cheung, Ph.D., professor and program director in chemistry, presented the paper “Chemistry self-efficacy and grade of students at a small Hispanic-serving institution (HSI) located in California’s Central Valley” via Zoom at the American Chemical Society Spring 2022 meeting on March 22, 2022, in a “Research in Chemistry Education” oral presentation section. Cheung’s talk focused on improving chemistry self-efficacy in students based on research findings in his Fall 2021 CHEM-103 class and those who advanced to Spring 2022 CHEM-104. Chemistry self-efficacy is correlated to grades and is improved as students progressed to the program. More active learning activities, such as Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL), during lectures helped close the academic gap for underrepresented minorities, the research found. The FPU Provost Faculty Research Grant contributed to the project.


Wayne Steffen
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