College of Science and Health > Faculty & Staff > Faculty A-Z > Timothy French
Research InterestsDr. French is interested
in determining the characteristics of expert problem solving and
assessing problem-solving ability in introductory chemistry students.
He is also interested in how students compartmentalize concepts related
to the universal idea of energy. Very often students segregate certain
energy topics to chemistry (e.g., heat, temperature) and others to
physics (e.g., translational kinetic energy), whereas experts view these
topics as connected at a deeper level. The French group would like to
better understand and pinpoint the conceptual barricades students put in
place in order for instructors to efficiently and effectively break
them down and increase learning.
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