The focus of activities in the Cole group center on research based design and assessment of instructional materials and teaching strategies; scientific discourse and social negotiation of meaning in chemistry; and the analysis and development of professional development strategies. Current projects focus on the design and assessment of guided inquiry materials in analytical chemistry, using Toulmin analysis to investigate student reasoning and development of classroom norms in physical chemistry, and development of resources to improve the propagation strategies used by the STEM education community to disseminate innovative curricular materials and teaching strategies.