Effects of Chronic Trauma in the Chemistry Classroom - An Opportunity to Support ChemEd Research

text: Chemical Education Survey Seeking High School Chemistry Teacher Perspectives on Chronic Trauma in the Classroom


I am a senior at Miami University studying chemistry education. Before student teaching next semester, I am working on a senior capstone research project with the goal of discovering more about chemistry teachers’ perspectives on the effects of trauma in the high school chemistry classroom—as well as how teachers choose to deal with the effects of trauma in their own classrooms. I have created a survey containing questions about lesson planning, the effects of trauma on the learning process of specific chemistry topics, and more. This survey should take no more than 5 or 10 minutes to complete. Any participation would be tremendously helpful to my research, as well as any future research to be held on the topic. Chronic trauma includes persistent stressors like neighborhood violence, as well as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES).

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are stressful or traumatic events, including abuse and neglect. They may also include household dysfunction such as witnessing domestic violence or growing up with family members who have substance use disorders. ACEs are strongly related to the development and prevalence of a wide range of health problems throughout a person’s lifespan.

ACEs include:

  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Physical neglect
  • Emotional neglect
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Mother treated violently
  • Substance misuse within household
  • Household mental illness
  • Parental separation or divorce
  • Incarcerated household member

There are no right or wrong responses; we are merely interested in your personal opinions. Please respond based on your past experiences. We do not want you to approach students to characterize the sources of their possible trauma. The survey will be open through November 15, 2019. 


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October 23, 2019, 11:22 am to November 15, 2019, 10:00 pm