ERIC Number: EJ1057466
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
What Are We Going to Do about a Problem Like Polymer Chemistry? Develop New Methods of Delivery to Improve Understanding of a Demanding Interdisciplinary Topic
Cavalli, G.; Hamerton, I.; Lygo-Baker, S.
Chemistry Education Research and Practice, v16 n2 p293-301 2015
Following collaboration between two chemistry lecturers and an academic developer an attempt was made to enhance the learning of students within a chemistry module through the adaptation of the delivery of content material. This paper reports a piece of practitioner led research which considered how effective the approach developed was upon the level of student understanding and the process through which this occurred. The module delivery was altered from an emphasis on the transmission of knowledge through a traditional lecture format, to rotating small group problem based sessions and the use of concept maps. Student feedback and higher grades achieved appear to demonstrate it was effective.
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Plastics, Interdisciplinary Approach, Problem Solving, Concept Mapping, Scientific Concepts, Teaching Methods, Lecture Method, Teacher Collaboration, Curriculum Development, Educational Technology, Problem Based Learning, Observation, Learning Modules, Student Attitudes, Feedback (Response), Active Learning, College Science, Undergraduate Students, Video Technology, Instructional Design
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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