Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

William Harwood

William Harwood
BCS 113D
(319) 273-2506

Post-doctoral Chemical Education; SERAPHIM Fellow, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI (Sept 1986 - May 1987) Ph.D. Inorganic Chemistry; Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN (May 1986) B.S. Chemistry (cum laude); University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA (May 1980)

Research Interests: 

I am interested in the development of scientists from novice through to expert, with a particular focus on the development of undergraduate chemists. This work builds upon my recent projects developing a theoretical foundation for the process that occurs when people are actively involved in doing science, understanding the nature and impact of undergraduate research experiences, and investigating teacher understanding and practice of science teaching. I am now exploring the use of eye-tracking to measure cognitive processing by chemistry students.

Selected Publications: 

Petrucci, R.H., Harwood, W.S., Herring, F.G., & Madura, J. (2006), General Chemistry - Principles and Modern Applications, ninth edition, New York: Prentice Hall

Kazempour, M; Harwood, W.S.; Bonner, J.J. (in review). Exploring Students' Perceptions of Science and Inquiry in a Reform-based Undergraduate Program for Biology Students. J. College Science Teaching.

Lotter, C.; Harwood, W.S.; Bonner, J.J (2007). The influence of core teaching conceptions on teachers' use of inquiry teaching practices. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 44(9), 1318-1347.

Lotter, C.; Harwood, W.S.; Bonner, J.J. (2006). Overcoming a Learning Bottleneck: Inquiry Professional Development for Secondary Science Teachers. Journal of Science Teacher Education, 17(3), 185-216.

Harwood, W.S.; Hansen, J.; Lotter, C. (2006). Measuring teacher beliefs about inquiry: A blended qualitative/quantitative instrument. Journal of Science Education & Technology, 17(1), 71-82.

Harwood, W.S.; & Korkmaz, A. (2005). An Online Tutorial for Learning Molecular Symmetry and Point Groups. Journal of Chemical Education: Webware.

Harwood, W.S., Reiff, R., & Phillipson, T. (2005). Putting the Puzzle Together: Scientists'Metaphors for Scientific Inquiry. Science Educator, 14(1), 25-30.

Harwood, W.S. (2004). A New Model for Inquiry: Is the Scientific Method Dead? Journal of College Science Teaching, 33(7), 29-33.

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