My research interests include the learner-teacher rapport, learning communities, affinity and aversion toward chemistry, and the construction of students' chemistry-related schema. In general, the conceptual results can inform practical applications that will improve the learning process for students
MATTHEW TOMNEY Chemical Education
Organic chemistry has a long standing reputation for being a difficult course and many students struggle with organic chemistry during their undergraduate experience. I am interested in studying the cognitive factors that trouble students when they are attempting to solve multi-step organic synthesis problems without any intermediates present. I am specifically interested in investigating the roles of reagent recall, working memory and cognitive demand, problem solving skills, and the development of expertise in the domain organic synthesis.