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ERIC Number: EJ1088229
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jan
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Chemistry Writing Instruction and Training: Implementing a Comprehensive Approach to Improving Student Communication Skills
Stewart, Alexander F.; Williams, Andrea L.; Lofgreen, Jennifer E.; Edgar, Landon J. G.; Hoch, Laura B.; Dicks, Andrew P.
Journal of Chemical Education, v93 n1 p86-92 Jan 2016
The ability of science undergraduate students to capably communicate course content and their understanding of scientific phenomena through writing has long been considered a problem. Effective methods for improving student writing skills are often fragmented and undertaken on a course-by-course basis rather than as a coordinated approach. This paper describes the implementation of a departmental effort to enhance and evaluate chemistry student writing in several upper-year laboratory courses. The program involves introducing extensive writing focused aspects to course assignments and reports and has impacted over 600 students during a six-year period. Student feedback has been exceptionally positive from undergraduates as well as graduate students who previously participated in the initiative.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada (Toronto)
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