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Tanya Gupta

Tanya Gupta

Title

Assistant Professor Chemical Education

Office Building

Avera Health & Science Center

Office

131

Mailing Address

Avera Health & Science 131
Chemistry-Box 2202
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007

CV

A_CV_TGupta__04_06_2015.pdf(169.68 KB)

Area(s) of Research

My research interests extend in the area of Chemical Education Research (CER), Science Education and Interdisciplinary Education research in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) areas. I am passionate about the teaching and learning of chemistry and I have been involved in CER since 2006. My CER efforts have been focused on (a) inquiry-based instruction in college level chemistry courses (b) Student critical-thinking and problem-solving in chemistry (c) Science teacher professional development (PD) through the Target Inquiry (TI) program (d) Interdisciplinary research in geological sciences for developing cutting-edge geosciences virtual reality applications for classroom instruction and (e) Curriculum Development. My current research interests center on inquiry-based teaching and learning and are geared toward three specific areas:

Developing, integrating and evaluating the effectiveness of interactive simulations in chemistry: The use of interactive simulations in chemistry instruction has seen a rapid surge in the past decade. Simulations have been found to be effective in helping students visualize relative motion and in improving student problem-solving skills by supplementing their sensory experiences. Also simulations provide new affordances for learning science, particularly for abstract phenomena, and promote student interaction and thinking about complex scientific ideas. This is particularly important in chemistry as a solid grasp of chemistry depends on the understanding of interactions and the particulate nature of matter which is hard to visualize. I am interested in developing interactive simulations that scaffold student understanding of stoichiometry and thermochemistry. Though primarily studied in general chemistry, stoichiometry and thermochemistry are fundamental in understanding aspects of chemical and materials engineering, and are also relevant to biological processes, drug formulation and interdisciplinary sciences.

Developing a student-centered chemistry curriculum to promote scientific inquiry: An inquiry-based instruction in chemistry has been shown to benefit students by improving their conceptual understanding and academic performance. However, a lack of curricular materials geared toward inquiry-oriented instruction poses a challenge for instructors who want to incorporate inquiry-based teaching practices. This area of my research interest will center on developing chemistry based curriculum materials that foster student engagement in chemistry by providing opportunities to students to develop and test their hypothesis through questioning, scientific experimentation and collaboration while simultaneously developing their content knowledge and specific laboratory instrumentation and analytical skills.

Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK) of teaching assistants: In a mid to large-sized institution often the laboratory and recitation sessions are conducted by the teaching assistants who bring in a thorough understanding of the subject matter but little knowledge of learner-centered teaching practices in sciences. While the subject matter knowledge is a central aspect of classroom instruction, it is important to understand how the subject matter is transformed from the knowledge of the teacher into the content of instruction or how particular formulations of content relate to what students came to know or misconstrue. My plans for this research study will focus on the development of the Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK) of teaching assistants through their continuing education for effective classroom and laboratory-based instruction to promote student engagement and learning in college level chemistry courses.

Applications of Research

Publications:

Gupta, T., Burke, K. A., Mehta, A., & Greenbowe, T. J. Impact of Guided-Inquiry-Based Instruction with a Writing and Reflection Emphasis on Chemistry Students’ Critical Thinking Abilities, Journal of Chemical Education (Accepted)

Target Inquiry: A case for quality professional development (In preparation for Journal of Research in Science Teaching).

Gupta, T., & Rudebusch, L., Heating Salts, 67-69, In T.J. Geenbowe and K. A. Burke (eds.), Chem 177L Laboratory Experiments, Hayden McNeil (2012).

Gupta, T., & Rudebusch, L., Heating Hydrates, 71-74, In T.J. Geenbowe and K. A. Burke (eds.), Chem 177L Laboratory Experiments, Hayden McNeil (2012).

Gupta, T., & Rudebusch, L., More on interactions of acids and bases, 95-100, In T.J. Geenbowe and K. A. Burke (eds.), Chem 177L Laboratory Experiments, Hayden McNeil (2012).

Gupta, T., & Rudebusch, L., Investigating Heat Exchange for metals, 101-106, In T.J. Geenbowe and K. A. Burke (eds.), Chem 177L Laboratory Experiments, Hayden McNeil (2012).

Gupta, T., & Rudebusch, L., Investigating Heat Exchange in a Dissolving Process for Hydrated and Anhydrous Salts, 113-118, In T.J. Geenbowe and K. A. Burke (eds.), Chem 177L Laboratory Experiments, Hayden McNeil (2012).

Gupta, T., & Rudebusch, L., Investigating Heat Exchange in Chemical Reactions, 119-126, In T.J. Geenbowe and K. A. Burke (eds.), Chem 177L Laboratory Experiments, Hayden McNeil (2012).

Gupta T., Chemical Breakdown, 43-45, In T.J. Geenbowe and K. A. Burke (eds.), Chem 178L Laboratory Experiments, Hayden McNeil (2011).

Gupta, T. & Mehta, A, What is in the Water, 69-73, In T.J. Geenbowe and K. A. Burke (eds.), Chem 178L Laboratory Experiments, Hayden McNeil (2011).

Mehta, A., & Gupta, T., What makes a solution produce a solid?, In T.J. Geenbowe and K. A. Burke (eds.), Chem 178L Laboratory Experiments, Hayden McNeil (2011)

The InVEST Volcanic Concept Survey Exploring Student Understanding About Volcanoes. Parham, T. L., Cervato, C., Gallus, W. A., Larsen, M., Stelling, P., Hobbs, J., Greenbowe, T. J., Gupta, T., Knox, J. A., Gill, T. E., & Kar, A., Journal of Geoscience Education, (2009).

Aerobic and Anaerobic Respiration: Inquiry Compared to Traditional Approaches, Sanderson, S., Gupta, T., & Penning, K. A., Iowa Science Teachers Journal, Vol. 35(3), 2008.

Synthesis, Spectral and Thermal analysis of Ni (II) and Pd (II) complexes with p-N, N dimethylaminobenzaldoxime, Gupta, T., Mehta, B. H., Asian Journal of Chemistry, Vol.17 (3), 2005.

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