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Vicente Talanquer

University Distinguished Professor

Degrees and Appointments

  • B.S. 1985, Chemistry, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
  • M.A. 1987, Chemistry,Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
  • Ph.D. 1992, Chemistry, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
  • Visiting Scholar, 1992-1995. James Frank Institute, University of Chicago
  • Professor, 1992-2000, Chemistry, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

Awards and Honors

  • Early-Career Teaching Award. College of Science, University of Arizona., 2004
  • Five Star Teaching Award, University of Arizona, 2006
  • Leicester and Kathryn Sherrill Creative Teaching Award. University of Arizona., 2007
  • Henry and Phyllis Koffler Prize in Teaching. University of Arizona, 2012
  • James Flack Norris Award for the Outstanding Teaching of Chemistry. Northeastern Section of the ACS, 2012
  • Distinguished Achievement in Science Education Award. College of Science, University of Arizona, 2013
  • University Distinguished Professor. University of Arizona, 2015
  • Arizona Professor of the Year. Carnegie Foundation, 2015
  • Educational Research Award. Council of Scientific Society Presidents, 2019
  • ACS Award for Achievement in Research for the Teaching & Learning of Chemistry., 2021

The focal point of our work is the study, reflection, and improvement of chemistry education. In particular, we have directed our research at trying to characterize the conceptual frameworks and the patterns of reasoning used by chemistry students to answer questions and solve problems that require qualitative reasoning (e.g., classification, prediction, inference, comparison). We are also exploring how students' ideas and reasoning strategies evolve as they develop more expertise in the discipline (trajectories of expertise). These studies are of central importance to design learning progressions that foster meaningful learning.

Research areas of interest include:Common sense reasoning in chemistry;Learning progressions and trajectories of expertise in chemistry;Development of teacher assessment reasoning.

Additionally, we work in the development of chemistry curricula and educational materials. Visit the following pages to check out some of our work:

Chemical Thinking Curriculum
Interactive Chemistry Resources

  • V. Talanquer, R. Bucat, R. Tasker, and P. Mahaffy. Lessons from a pandemic:  Educating for complexity, change, uncertainty, vulnerability and resilience. Journal of Chemical Education, 97, 2696–2700 (2020).
  • V. Talanquer and J. Pollard. Reforming a large foundational course: Successes and challenges. Journal of Chemical Education. 94, 1844-1851 (2017).
  • V. Talanquer, M. Bolger, and D. Tomanek. Exploring Prospective Teachers’ Assessment Practices: Noticing and Interpreting Student Understanding in the Assessment of Written Work. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 52(5), 585-609 (2015).
  • H. Sevian and  V. Talanquer. Rethinking chemistry: A learning progression on chemical thinking. Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 15(1), 10-23 (2014).
  • V. Talanquer. Macro, Submicro, and Symbolic? The Many Faces of the Chemistry Triplet. International Journal of Science Education. 33(2), 179-195 (2011).
  • J. Maeyer and V. Talanquer. The role of heuristics in students thinking: Ranking of chemical substances. Science Education, 94(6), 963-984 (2010).
  • V. Talanquer. On cognitive constraints and learning progressions: The case of structure of matter. International Journal of Science Education, 31(15) 2123-2136 (2009).
  • V. Talanquer. Common sense chemistry: A model for understanding students' alternative conceptions. Journal of Chemical Education, 83(5), 811-816 (2006).