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ERIC Number: EJ1003023
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Service Learning Track in General Chemistry: Giving Students a Choice
Donaghy, Kelley J.; Saxton, Kathleen J.
Journal of Chemical Education, v89 n11 p1378-1383 Nov 2012
Experiential learning is a foundation in chemistry courses from the introductory-level course to upper-level courses through laboratory experiences. Service learning is another type of experiential learning that is slowly gaining momentum in the sciences. There have been several reports in this "Journal" on this pedagogy with respect to student engagement and success. However, widespread adoption of this teaching tool will not be achieved until suitable, scalable models for implementation of service learning in chemistry are available. Reported here is an example of a service learning aspect of a traditional second-semester general chemistry course where a separate grading scheme is created within the course called the Service Track. The logistics of running a course within a course, how the instructor uses Service Track teaching assistants, descriptions of the service projects, and how they are incorporated into the classroom, and the assessment of these projects, is described. (Contains 1 table and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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