Dr. John Baluyut teaches General Chemistry and Classical and Modern Physics to science majors, as well as Physical Chemistry to chemistry majors. His doctoral dissertation dealt with an investigation of the visual behaviors (eye tracking) of students of different competencies when solving conceptual problems. His multicultural academic background helps students from differing ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds understand the most basic concepts of chemistry.
He uses guided inquiry to work with students in the laboratory as they apply concepts learned from lecture to situations that more closely resemble real life. In the Philippines, he supervised laboratory staff, coordinated activities for the teaching lab, and helped new instructors identify learning points from activities in the lab. He appreciates the small class sizes at the University of Providence, allowing for greater interaction with individual students.
He bases his classroom assessments on the well-designed examinations administered by the American Chemical Society Exams Institute. He uses statistical packages such as STATA and JMP to analyze student performance on exams and other assessment tools to identify common student struggles needing further review. His investigations into eye tracking give him a unique perspective to address student success at solving chemistry problems.
Dr. Baluyut moved to Montana from Iowa in 2015. He says nothing can beat the 85-degree weather during the long Filipino Christmas season. He also enjoys traveling all over the U.S. and is currently planning on visiting his 35th state.
BS, University of Philippines Los Baños
MS, University of Connecticut
MS, Iowa State University
PhD, Iowa State University
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