Quantitative Inquiry and Data Visualization in Chemistry Education


Dates/Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:50am – 9:40 am, starting January 27
Location: Chemistry Building 1435
Instructors: Sam Pazicni
Satisfies prerequisite toward the Delta Certificate: ΔΔ (2 deltas). You will need to inform us once you have completed the course; email info@delta.wisc.edu and we will add these to your Delta participation.
Credit information: optional 2 credits, Chemistry 858

How to Join

Register for Chemistry 858 (class number 96950) in your MyUW Course “Search and & Enroll” portal.

Postdocs and dissertators, as well as faculty and instructional staff, are welcome. If you can’t register through MyUW, please contact Sam Pazicni at sam.pazicni@chem.wisc.edu to join the class.


Have you read education research? Would you like to better understand the quantitative methods that are used to answer questions about student learning?

This course offers an introduction to quantitative chemistry education research and the theories that underpin it as we move beyond ‘p value’ to explore the quality of the study design and thus the evidence put forward for a particular claim. An understanding of quantitative research methods will be developed and refined throughout the semester based on primary literature discussed in class. How theoretical frameworks should inform quantitative inquiry will be explored also. Substantial emphasis will be placed on critically reading and analyzing studies in the quantitative chemistry education research literature with an eye toward the implicit and explicit theoretical frameworks informing the work.

Prerequisites: No prior experience with coursework in the learning sciences is assumed. It will be helpful if you have read education research.

Who should take it: Appropriate for students engaged in discipline-based education research as part of a graduate degree, those interested in pursuing academic careers, and those broadly interested in scholarship related to STEM teaching and learning. Must have some Chemistry-related background as we will be using Chemistry-related journals, but you do not need to be in the Chemistry department.

Questions? Contact Delta at info@delta.wisc.edu