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ERIC Number: EJ1028555
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Using a Thematic Laboratory-Centered Curriculum to Teach General Chemistry
Hopkins, Todd A.; Samide, Michael
Journal of Chemical Education, v90 n9 p1162-1166 Sep 2013
This article describes an approach to general chemistry that involves teaching chemical concepts in the context of two thematic laboratory modules: environmental remediation and the fate of pharmaceuticals in the environment. These modules were designed based on active-learning pedagogies and involve multiple-week projects that dictate what content is taught and in which order the content is presented. Students were expected to design experimental procedures, analyze data, and communicate their results. A description of the two laboratory modules is included along with a week-by-week description of the student experience.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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