The Paradigm Laboratory Project
Funded by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the
University of Kansas Provost's Office

Welcome Students!



This project plans to develop problem-based inquiry learning laboratories that have science majors in introductory chemistry laboratories transfer an understanding of the attitudes and methods of scientific inquiry to knowledge and experiences in their disciplines of study.


The Paradigm Laboratory Project
c/o Dr. Joseph A. Heppert
Department of Chemistry
1251 Wescoe Hall Drive
Room 2010 Malott Hal
The University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66045
Phone: (785) 864-2379
Fax: (785) 864-5396


Mission Statement for the 
Project in 1998-2000

  • Develop effective learning environments to support student inquiry in the general chemistry laboratory

  • Design professional development for faculty preparing inquiry-oriented curricula that will hook students' interests

  • Design professional development for graduate teaching assistants so they can facilitate student interest, student learning, and cooperative team work in the laboratory

  • Enhance a strong, integrated knowledge base in chemistry from their laboratory projects

  • Foster student understanding of the nature of scientific inquiry from their own experiences in inquiry-from designing experiments, finding appropriate reference materials, using instruments, making precise measurements, using software for data management and molecular visualization, and collaborating with peers effectively

  • Enhance positive attitudes toward the value of science and mathematics as a result of student investigations

  • Integrate appropriate applications of technology into introductory chemistry laboratories

  • Foster critical thinking and decision-making skills