ERIC Number: EJ1028720
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jul
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Incorporating a Soap Industry Case Study to Motivate and Engage Students in the Chemistry of Daily Life
Chowdhury, Mohammad A.
Journal of Chemical Education, v90 n7 p866-872 Jul 2013
The global trend of the declining interest in chemistry education is a major concern. Over the last few decades, significant efforts and improvements have been made in various areas of chemistry education research to increase student motivation and engagement based on classroom and laboratory practices. However, little research has been conducted on industrial case studies, which are effective teaching method to enhance concept learning. Exploring industrial case studies serves as a motivation for learning chemistry, helps students to learn through real-life situations, exposes students to problem-solving issues, and improves their decision-making abilities as they become informed citizens of the future. This article demonstrates incorporating an industrial case study as an integral part of the chemistry curriculum, and discusses related issues with a proposed model of the soap industry to help improve secondary or undergraduate students' engagement, motivation, and interest in chemistry.
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Case Method (Teaching Technique), Secondary School Science, College Science, Industry, Student Motivation, Relevance (Education), Problem Solving, Decision Making Skills, Learner Engagement, Student Interests
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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