Faculty and Staff

Dr. Michael Sanger

Professor

Dr. Michael Sanger
615-904-8558
Room 3147, Science Building (SCI)
MTSU Box 68, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information

  • Ph.D., Iowa State University (1996)
  • Ph.D., Iowa State University (1996)
  • M.S., Iowa State University (1994)
  • B.S., University of California, Davis (1989)

Areas of Expertise

Chemical Education:
Identifying Student Misconceptions in Chemistry
Designing and Evaluating Instructional Methods to Confront Student Misconceptions

Biography

Service to the Chemical Education Community
Co-coordinator of Poster Sessions, 18th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, Ames, IA (July 2004)
Co-organizer and Presider, "Using Computer-Based Technology to Effect Student Learning", Session presented in the Division of Chemical Education at the 224th Annual National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Boston, MA (August 2002)
Member, Committee on Computers in Chemical Education, American Chemical S...

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Service to the Chemical Education Community
Co-coordinator of Poster Sessions, 18th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, Ames, IA (July 2004)
Co-organizer and Presider, "Using Computer-Based Technology to Effect Student Learning", Session presented in the Division of Chemical Education at the 224th Annual National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Boston, MA (August 2002)
Member, Committee on Computers in Chemical Education, American Chemical Society, Division of Chemical Education (appointed for 1999-2001 and 2002-2004)
Reviewer, Prentice-Hall, Inc. (1998-2000), Journal of Chemical Education (1997-present), The Chemical Educator (2003-present)

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Publications

Sanger, M. J. (2003). Evaluating Students' Conceptual Understanding of Balanced Equations and Stoichiometric Ratios using a Particulate Drawing. Journal of Chemical Education, submitted for publication.

Sanger, M. J.; Phelps, A. J. (2003). Simple Flame Test Techniques Using Cotton Swabs. Journal of Chemical Education, submitted for publication.

Sanger, M. J. (2003). Flipping Pennies and Burning Candles: Adventures in Kinetics. Journal of Chemical Education, 80, 304A-304B...

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Sanger, M. J. (2003). Evaluating Students' Conceptual Understanding of Balanced Equations and Stoichiometric Ratios using a Particulate Drawing. Journal of Chemical Education, submitted for publication.

Sanger, M. J.; Phelps, A. J. (2003). Simple Flame Test Techniques Using Cotton Swabs. Journal of Chemical Education, submitted for publication.

Sanger, M. J. (2003). Flipping Pennies and Burning Candles: Adventures in Kinetics. Journal of Chemical Education, 80, 304A-304B.

Sanger, M. J. and Geer, K. (2002). Determination of the Empirical Formula of a Copper Oxide Salt Using Two Different Methods. Journal of Chemical Education, 79, 994-996.

Sanger, M. J., Wiley, R. A., Jr., Richter, E., and Phelps, A. J. (2002). Rate Law Determination of Everyday Processes. Journal of Chemical Education,79, 989-991.

Sanger, M. J. and Badger, S. M., II. (2001). Using Computer-Based Visualization Strategies to Improve Students' Understanding of Molecular Polarity and Miscibility. Journal of Chemical Education, 78, 1412-1416.

Sanger, M. J., Brincks, E. L., Phelps, A. J., Pak, M. S., and Lyovkin, A. N. (2001). A Comparison of Secondary Chemistry Courses and Chemistry Teacher Preparation Programs in Iowa and Saint Petersburg, Russia. Journal of Chemical Education, 78, 1275-1280.

Sanger, M. J., Brecheisen, D. M., and Hynek, B. M. (2001). Can Computer Animations Affect College Biology Students' Conceptions about Diffusion & Osmosis? The American Biology Teacher, 63, 104-109.

Sanger, M. J., Phelps, A. J., and Fienhold, J. (2000). Using a Computer Animation to Improve Students' Conceptual Understanding of a Can-Crushing Demonstration. Journal of Chemical Education, 77, 1517-1520.

Sanger, M. J. (2000). Using Particulate Drawings to Determine and Improve Students' Conceptions of Pure Substances and Mixtures. Journal of Chemical Education, 77, 762-766.

Sanger, M. J. and Greenbowe, T. J. (2000). Addressing Student Misconceptions Concerning Electron Flow in Aqueous Solutions With Instruction Including Computer Animations and Conceptual Change Strategies. International Journal of Science Education, 22, 521-537.

Sanger, M. J. and Greenbowe, T. J. (1999). An Analysis of College Chemistry Textbooks as Sources of Misconceptions and Errors in Electrochemistry. Journal of Chemical Education, 76, 853-860.

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Awards

Finalist, 2002-2003 MTSU Outstanding Achievement in Instructional Technology Award
Nominee, 2002 MTSU Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology
Member, Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 7th edition (2002). Nominated by a former student who is a member of The National Dean's List
Finalist, 2001 UNI Dean's Award for Superior Achievement in Research