Faculty and Staff

Dr. Amy Phelps

Professor

Dr. Amy Phelps
615-898-2077
Room 3149, Science Building (SCI)
MTSU Box 68, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information

  • Ph.D., Purdue University, Main Campus (1990)
  • M.S., Purdue University, Main Campus (1988)
  • B.S., Berry College, GA (1984)

Areas of Expertise

Chemical Education: The Study of the Teaching and Learning of Chemistry

Recognitions
Dean's Award for General Education 2001
University Book and Supply Junior Faculty Teaching Award 1995
Sallie Mae Rookie Teacher of the Year 1985

Biography

Publications
"Qualitative Methodologies in Chemical Education Research: Challenging Comfortable Paradigms". Amy J. Phelps. J. Chemical Education, March 1994, 71, No 3, 191-194.

"Teaching to Enhance Problem Solving: It's More Than the Numbers". Amy J. Phelps. J. Chemical Education, April 1996, 73, No 4, 301-304.

"Portfolio Assessment in High School Chemistry: One Teacher's Guidelines." Amy J. Phelps, Mark M. LaPorte, & Aileen Mahood. J. Chemic... Read More »
Publications
"Qualitative Methodologies in Chemical Education Research: Challenging Comfortable Paradigms". Amy J. Phelps. J. Chemical Education, March 1994, 71, No 3, 191-194.

"Teaching to Enhance Problem Solving: It's More Than the Numbers". Amy J. Phelps. J. Chemical Education, April 1996, 73, No 4, 301-304.

"Portfolio Assessment in High School Chemistry: One Teacher's Guidelines." Amy J. Phelps, Mark M. LaPorte, & Aileen Mahood. J. Chemical Education, May 1997, 74, No 5, 528-531.

"Demonstration-based Cooperative Testing in General Chemistry: A Broader Assessment-of-Learning Technique." Craig Bowen & Amy J. Phelps. J. Chemical Education, June 1997, 74, No 6, 715-719.

"Identifying and addressing student misconceptions regarding the behavior of gases using computer animations." Michael J. Sanger and Amy J. Phelps. J.Chemical Education, November 2000, 77, No 11, 1517-1520.

"A Comparison of Secondary Chemistry Courses and Chemistry Teacher Preparation Programs in Iowa and Saint Petersburg Russia." Michael J. Sanger, Erik L. Brincks, Amy J. Phelps, Maria S. Pak, and Antony N. Lyovkin. J.Chemical Education, September 2001,78, No 9, 1275-1280.

"Rate Law Determination of Everyday Processes."; Michael J. Sanger, Russell Wiley, Erwin Richter and Amy J. Phelps. J. Chemical Education, August 2002, 79, No. 8, 989-991.

"The Power of Good Practice: What Students Learn from HOW We Teach." Amy J Phelps and Cherin Lee. J. Chemical Education. J. Chemical Education. 2003, 80, p 829.

"The Effects of a Computer Animation on Students' Conceptual Understanding of a Can-Crushing Demonstration at the Macroscopic, Microscopic, and Symbolic Levels."; Resa Kelly, Amy J. Phelps and Michael J. Sanger. The Chemical Educator, 9( 2004) 3, 184-189.

"Simple Flame Test Techniques Using Cotton Swabs."; Michael J. Sanger and Amy J. Phelps. J. Chemical Education. 2004, 81, p 969.

Service to the Community
American Chemical Society Exams Institute: General Chemistry II Exam (versions I & II)
Second Semester General Chem. Exam revision 2000-2002
Conceptual Exam Committee 1993-1995
Second Semester General Chemistry Exam 1996-1998
Conceptual Exam Revision Committee 1999-2001
Chemical Education Research Committee January 2001-present
Chair of Chemical Education Research Committee January 2002-present
Co-Chair of Regional Science Olympiad-MTSU-2001-present
Reviewer: Editorial Review Board for Journal of Chemical Education\

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