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Alcohol Pharmacology Education Partnership: Using Chemistry and Biology Concepts To Educate High School Students about Alcohol

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      We developed the Alcohol Pharmacology Education Partnership (APEP), a set of modules designed to integrate a topic of interest (alcohol) with concepts in chemistry and biology for high school students. Chemistry and biology teachers ( n = 156) were recruited nationally to field-test APEP in a controlled study. Teachers obtained professional development either at a conference-based workshop (NSTA or NCSTA) or via distance learning to learn how to incorporate the APEP modules into their teaching. They field-tested the modules in their classes during the following year. Teacher knowledge of chemistry and biology concepts increased significantly following professional development, and was maintained for at least a year. Their students ( n = 14 014) demonstrated significantly higher scores when assessed for knowledge of both basic and advanced chemistry and biology concepts compared to students not using APEP modules in their classes the previous year. Higher scores were achieved as the number of modules used increased. These findings are consistent with our previous studies, demonstrating higher scores in chemistry and biology after students use modules that integrate topics interesting to them, such as drugs (the Pharmacology Education Partnership).

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            Affiliations
            []Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology, Duke University Medical Center , Durham, North Carolina 27708 United States
            []Department of Chemistry, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics , Durham, North Carolina 27705 United States
            [§ ]Department of Statistical Science, Duke University , Durham, North Carolina 27708 United States
            Author notes
            [* ]E. A. Godin. E-mail: elizabeth.godin@ 123456duke.edu .
            Journal
            J Chem Educ
            J Chem Educ
            ed
            jceda8
            Journal of Chemical Education
            American Chemical Society and Division of Chemical Education, Inc.
            0021-9584
            1938-1328
            13 January 2015
            13 January 2014
            11 February 2014
            : 91
            : 2
            : 165-172
            24803686 3983151 10.1021/ed4000958
            Copyright © 2014 American Chemical Society and Division of Chemical Education, Inc.
            Funding
            National Institutes of Health, United States
            Categories
            Chemical Education Research
            Custom metadata
            ed4000958
            ed-2013-000958

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