GVSU chemistry professor wins $1M grant for science instruction study

Deborah Herrington, principal investigator and associate professor of chemistry at Grand Valley State University, has received a $1.1 million grant to expand and further study the Target Inquiry program. The TI program is an innovative professional development program designed to improve the quality and frequency of inquiry-based instruction in middle and high school science classes.
Sep 17, 2011


The National Science Foundation DRK-12 award is a five-year grant to support science teachers working through the intensive, two-year TI program, along with an in-depth study of the effects of TI on its teachers and their students.

“The initial implementation of the program for his high chemistry teachers has been successful beyond what we had originally envisioned,” Herrington said. “Not only have teachers been able to more successfully implement inquiry instruction into their chemistry classes, but we also have evidence that suggests students better understand chemistry as a result of these instructional changes.”

Herrington is a co-creator of the TI model and began its implementation and study at GVSU in 2006.

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