ERIC Number: EJ1033298
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
General Chemistry II: Setting the Stage on the First Day with "Jeopardy"
Eves, Daniel J.; Redd, J. Ty
Journal of College Science Teaching, v43 n6 p41-45 Jul 2014
Sequential science courses that cover multiple semesters, with each course serving as a prerequisite for subsequent courses, create a unique challenge for student engagement and success, as students are expected not only to engage with the new material, but also to quickly connect it with previously learned material. Games, simulations, and other interactive activities have repeatedly been shown to increase engagement and provide motivation for students. Given the success of these tools, how can we implement these types of activities early in the course to increase student participation? A survey of our campus peers confirmed our hypothesis that undergraduate courses often underutilize the first class meeting. To increase the effectiveness of the first-class meeting, we used an interactive "Jeopardy"-type review as a means to engage students, review the previous semester content, and set expectations for the new semester of our general chemistry series.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Chemistry, Educational Games, Student Surveys, Student Attitudes, Undergraduate Students, Hypothesis Testing, Learner Engagement, Instructional Effectiveness, Review (Reexamination)
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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