Journal of Chemical Education Call for Papers: Special Issue on New Visions for Teaching Chemistry Laboratory

You’re invited to contribute to a special issue of the Journal of Chemical Education! This issue is focused on inquiry-based methods of teaching in the laboratory setting. For this issue, inquiry is defined as labs where outcomes aren’t fully known to students or where students are involved with the experimental design. Examples of possible submissions include, but are not limited to, new ways for students to explore chemistry phenomena; use of state-of-the-art methods; applications of chemistry lab techniques to pressing societal issues; implementation of research-based pedagogical methods; or chemical education research on inquiry based student work in the laboratory. If you have a lab or chemistry education research that touches on any of these criteria, consider submitting it for this special issue. Submissions are due on Tuesday, April 12. The inorganic community has so many innovative ideas; this is a great way to share them with the broader chemistry community. More information can be found in the call for papers: https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.jchemed.1c01000. Contact Barbara Reisner at reisneba@jmu.edu with any questions.

Suggested manuscripts include, but are not limited to,

  • new ways for students to explore chemistry phenomena through new instrumentation or novel methods of analysis 
  • modern instrumentation or computational methods with an eye towards state-of-the-art methods
  • applications of chemistry lab techniques to pressing societal issues
  • use of modern computational tools 
  • implementation of research-based pedagogical methods in the lab
  • descriptions of or assessment of effective methods for increasing the participation of underrepresented groups
  • chemical education research on inquiry-based student work in the laboratory

While the language in the call for papers has a pchem/instrumentation focus, inquiry-based labs in the synthesis and characterization arena would be very appropriate!

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