Marc Muniz is one of two PIs on a recently awarded NSF grant (the other is Sally Hunnicutt from Virginia Commonwealth University). The grant is entitled “POGIL-PCL: Student learning in the laboratory through sustained faculty development.” POGIL-PCL stands for “Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning – Physical Chemistry Laboratory.”
Marc will assess student learning outcomes in inquiry-oriented physical chemistry laboratories across multiple institutions. He is investigating three research questions:
- How do students perceive their own learning along cognitive and affective dimensions during the implementation of POGIL-PCL experiments?
- How does the nature of the facilitation affect the learning environment at institutions in which POGIL-PCL materials have been adopted?
- What is the nature of students’ understanding of, and reflection on, select physical chemistry phenomena behind POGIL-PCL experiments?