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Holme, Thomas – Journal of Chemical Education, 2014
Two different versions of "big ideas" rooted content maps have recently been published for general chemistry. As embodied in the content outline from the College Board, one of these maps is designed to guide curriculum development and testing for advanced placement (AP) chemistry. The Anchoring Concepts Content Map for general chemistry…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Advanced Placement, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation
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Emenike, Mary Elizabeth; Schroeder, Jacob; Murphy, Kristen; Holme, Thomas – Journal of Chemical Education, 2013
As is true for virtually all of higher education, chemistry departments are often required to provide evidence of student learning at both course and curricular levels through evaluation and assessment. The ACS Exams Institute conducted a needs assessment survey of 1500 chemistry faculty members from across the country to investigate motivation,…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Needs Assessment, College Science
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Raker, Jeffrey; Holme, Thomas; Murphy, Kristen – Journal of Chemical Education, 2013
As a way to assist chemistry departments with programmatic assessment of undergraduate chemistry curricula, the ACS Examinations Institute is devising a map of the content taught throughout the undergraduate curriculum. The structure of the map is hierarchal, with large grain size at the top and more content detail as one moves "down"…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, Undergraduate Study, Organic Chemistry
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Murphy, Kristen; Holme, Thomas; Zenisky, April; Caruthers, Heather; Knaus, Karen – Journal of Chemical Education, 2012
The ability to coherently assess content knowledge throughout an entire undergraduate career represents a significant advantage for programmatic assessment strategies. Chemistry, as a discipline, has an unusual tool in this regard because of the nationally standardized exams from the ACS Exams Institute. These exams are norm-referenced and allow…
Descriptors: College Science, Chemistry, Undergraduate Study, Scientific Concepts
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Holme, Thomas; Murphy, Kristen – Journal of Chemical Education, 2012
To provide tools for programmatic assessment related to the use of ACS Exams in undergraduate chemistry courses, the ACS Exams Institute has built a content map that applies to the entire undergraduate curriculum. At the top two levels, the grain size of the content classification is large and spans the entire undergraduate curriculum. At the…
Descriptors: College Science, Chemistry, Undergraduate Study, Concept Mapping