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ERIC Number: EJ1048322
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Dec
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Aligning the Undergraduate Organic Laboratory Experience with Professional Work: The Centrality of Reliable and Meaningful Data
Alaimo, Peter J.; Langenhan, Joseph M.; Suydam, Ian T.
Journal of Chemical Education, v91 n12 p2093-2098 Dec 2014
Many traditional organic chemistry lab courses do not adequately help students to develop the professional skills required for creative, independent work. The overarching goal of the new organic chemistry lab series at Seattle University is to teach undergraduates to think, perform, and behave more like professional scientists. The conversion of experiments that inhibited professional development into simple but authentic studies that generate reliable and meaningful data is described. This strategy seems to help students better assimilate into research groups and could easily be applied to a broad range of experiment types and undergraduate teaching environments.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Washington