Analogical Approach to General Chemistry Teaching

June 16th, 2010 by Bridget

Anil Waghe presided over a session on ‘Analogical Approach to General Chemistry Teaching’ at the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) 2009 National Conference on Science Education in New Orleans, March 22. This is the third consecutive year Dr. Waghe was invited to preside over a chemistry session at NSTA national meeting. Waghe’s presentation focused on teaching chemistry in a ‘student friendly’ way.

“Teaching general chemistry is always a challenging task for any teacher in any university,” Waghe said. “Many students have little or no background of chemistry and math. The ‘hands on,’ or analogical approach, is gaining popularity and many schools are moving towards it.”

Waghe said Plymouth State students receive a solid basis in science instruction, compared to many other schools.

“Big universities are focusing on research and moving away from teaching,” said Waghe. “PSU has a diverse population of students who can really verify the validity of various methods. We are always striving for better methods to teach harder subjects to the student population. Newer approaches are more important to the universities like PSU than anyone else.”

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