ERIC Number: EJ1043207
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
Comprehensive Approach to the Development of Communication and Critical Thinking: Bookend Courses for Third- and Fourth-Year Chemistry Majors
Klein, Geoffrey C.; Carney, Jeffrey M.
Journal of Chemical Education, v91 n10 p1649-1654 Oct 2014
Communication and critical thinking skills are integral to the undergraduate chemistry major. A bookend, two-course model has been implemented to supplement chemistry subfield knowledge with the development of these skills. The third-year course introduces the chemical literature and addresses these skills through the synthesis of a literature review and oral presentation by summarizing and evaluating articles in a self-selected chemical topic. In the fourth-year capstone course, communication and critical thinking are further enhanced by the production of a student-designed research proposal and the dissemination of experimental results of the proposed research through a final manuscript-style report and an oral presentation. A robust assessment plan for communication skills using faculty-designed rubrics and an end-of-semester student symposium are currently in place. Preliminary assessment of authentic student artifacts and student perception, through exit surveys and course evaluations, indicated substantial growth in these areas. The two courses provide the opportunity for chemistry majors to attain the skills necessary to function as scientists whether they plan to attend graduate school, professional school, or enter industry.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, Undergraduate Study, Chemistry, Majors (Students), Teaching Methods, Science Process Skills, Critical Thinking, Communication Skills, Student Research, Scoring Rubrics, Student Surveys, Science Curriculum, Curriculum Development
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