Sarah Boesdorfer

Assistant Professor
Areas of Interest: 
Chemistry Education Research, Chemistry Teacher Education Research
Contact Information
Office: 
McCollum Science Hall 268
Phone Number: 
319-273-7146

Currently, research projects which I am pursuing have two main focuses: (1) learning experiences impact on teachers’ practice, and (2) effects of curricular changes (new lesson plan, differing topic order, use of misconceptions) on students’ understanding and learning of chemistry.

My recent research projects (all at different stages of development and implementation) include a project examining the effects of participating in undergraduate science education research on teachers’ practices, what science teachers understand about engineering and how they use it in their classroom following a week long summer project, and how the use of common misconceptions as a direct teaching tool influences students’ understanding of chemistry. I am also currently pursuing funding to update, develop, and assess activities for teaching introductory chemistry, which would likely include engineering activities.  While these projects might seem diverse, my focus is on teachers, providing them with tools they can use to continue to develop and improve their teaching as they help students learn chemistry.

The research areas are I have described included a range of possible topics and projects. I am very open to discussing projects which individual students have formulate ideas for and wish to pursue. Let’s talk.