Research in the Weaver Chemical Education group is focused on elucidating the ways in which innovative instructional materials and methods can be used to help students better understand and learn chemistry. One aspect of our work is to examining how instructional technologies can be designed and used in the classroom. In addition to developing, implementing and assessing instructional technologies of a variety of types, our group also looks at the more theoretical aspects of learning chemistry. For example, we have looked at the effects of discourse, group collaborative work, peer instruction and context-situated learning. The overall goal of research in this group is to understand how to improve the teaching and learning process in chemistry, especially as the demographics and learning styles of college students change.