Field: Chemistry Education Research
Room: 404 Sullivan Science Building
Research Website: https://chem.uncg.edu/popova/
B.S., Ivanovo State University, Russia (2013)
Ph.D., Miami University, Ohio (2018)
Post Doc, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska (2019)
- Chemistry students’ representational competence. We designed multiple studies that investigate faculty instructional practices for developing student representational competence, evaluate the effectiveness of chemistry textbooks for promoting student representational competence, characterize student reasoning with representations using cognitive interviews and/or eye-tracking, and design an assessment to measure student representational competence.
Chemistry faculty pedagogical reasoning and instructional practices. Current projects in the group investigate chemistry faculty pedagogical reasoning and instructional practices for teaching symmetry in inorganic chemistry learning environments and developing student representational competence in organic chemistry learning environments.
Diversity, equity, inclusion, and access in chemistry education. We are working on studies characterizing the experiences of marginalized women pursuing Ph.D. in chemistry, evaluating the departmental climate around diversity, equity, and inclusion, and characterizing the experiences of neurodivergent students learning chemistry.
We are looking for team members (undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars) with enthusiasm for investigating the best practices of teaching and learning of chemistry!
Popova, M.*; Jones, T. Chemistry instructors’ intentions toward developing, teaching, and assessing student representational competence skills. Chem. Educ. Res. Pract. 2021, 22, 733-748.
Jones, T.; Romanov, A.; Pratt, J.; Popova, M.* Multi-framework case study characterization of organic chemistry instructors’ approaches toward teaching with representations. Chem. Educ. Res. Pract., 2022, 23, 930-947.
Ward, L.; Rotich, F.; Hoang, J.; Popova, M.* Representational competence under the magnifying glass: The interplay between student reasoning skills, conceptual understanding, and the nature of representations. In Student Reasoning in Organic Chemistry: Research Advances and Evidence-based Instructional Practices. RSC for the Advances in Chemistry Education Series, 2022, ch. 3, 36-56.
Gurung, E.; Jacob, R.; Bunch, Z.; Thompson, B.; Popova, M.* Evaluating the effectiveness of organic chemistry textbooks for promoting representational competence. J. Chem. Educ., 2022, 99, 5, 2044–2054.
Thompson, B.; Bunch, Z.; Popova, M.* A review of literature on the quality and use of chemistry textbooks. J. Chem. Educ., 2023, 100, 8, 2884–2895.