ERIC Number: EJ1062291
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
Introducing Scientific Literature to Honors General Chemistry Students: Teaching Information Literacy and the Nature of Research to First-Year Chemistry Students
Ferrer-Vinent, Ignacio J.; Bruehl, Margaret; Pan, Denise; Jones, Galin L.
Journal of Chemical Education, v92 n4 p617-624 Apr 2015
This paper describes the methodology and implementation of a case study introducing the scientific literature and creative experiment design to honors general chemistry laboratory students. The purpose of this study is to determine whether first-year chemistry students can develop information literacy skills while they engage with the primary chemical literature. Subject-specific library instruction was paired with student assignments by using the scientific literature as a resource for ideas on developing general chemistry experiments of their own creation. Student performance and experiences were measured through examination of literature search processes; bibliographic citation analysis; in-class exercises; course grades; and pre-, post-, and longitudinal surveys. Statistical analysis indicated a positive relationship between the number of literature resources viewed during course activities and the final course grade. We identified a way to measure students' ability to narrow a range of information down to an important few, which is an essential part of establishing information literacy. Results show that the approach provides immediate and long-term benefits to student performance. First-year students were capable of effectively using sophisticated literature search tools, and as evidenced by their perceptions, students placed a high value on these skills.
Descriptors: Chemistry, General Education, Scientific Literacy, Honors Curriculum, Information Literacy, College Freshmen, Scientific Principles, Case Studies, Scientific Methodology, Curriculum Implementation, Information Skills, Student Experience, Performance Based Assessment, Citation Analysis, Science Activities, Grades (Scholastic), Longitudinal Studies, Pretests Posttests, Student Surveys, Statistical Analysis, Scientific and Technical Information, Search Strategies, Student Research, Library Instruction, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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