Session S28b (Monday, 2pm, Wartik 108)

P315: Use of kinesthetic activities to teach phase change concepts

Lori Van Der Sluys, Mary Shoemaker (Pennsylvania State University, USA)

The type of passive learning that occurs when students sit and listen to a lecture is not optimal for conceptual learning.  Kinesthetic activities typically involve students physically taking part in an active learning presentation to learn a certain concept.   This active learning method is beneficial for any student, and appeals to different learning styles.  We have used kinesthetic activities specifically for the teaching of phase change concepts; this gets the students out of their seats, and they are engaging actively with the material.  These activities are appropriate for a wide range of teaching situations, including large college-level general chemistry lecture classes, outreach activities with primary, middle school and high school students, and small classroom settings.


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