ERIC Number: EJ1017111
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Using a Progressive Paper to Develop Students' Writing Skills
Van Bramer, Scott E.; Bastin, Loyd D.
Journal of Chemical Education, v90 n6 p745-750 Jun 2013
This article describes the use of a progressive paper in a capstone course to develop students' writing skills. A progressive paper is one that students write one section at a time: as they add each new section, they go back and revise the previous parts based on actionable feedback from the instructor. In this course, the progressive paper takes the form of a laboratory report for a multistep synthesis. Students revise and update this paper throughout the semester. Each revision coincides with an additional step in the synthesis. This results in a complete journal-style article at the end of the semester. The students in this course show significant improvement in their writing skills throughout this process.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, Undergraduate Study, Writing (Composition), Writing Assignments, Spectroscopy, Writing Skills, Science Laboratories, Reports, Teaching Methods, Communication Skills, Chemistry, Problem Solving
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Journal Articles
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania
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