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ERIC Number: EJ1090619
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Feb
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Teaching with the Case Study Method to Promote Active Learning in a Small Molecule Crystallography Course for Chemistry Students
Campbell, Michael G.; Powers, Tamara M.; Zheng, Shao-Liang
Journal of Chemical Education, v93 n2 p270-274 Feb 2016
Implementing the case study method in a practical X-ray crystallography course designed for graduate or upper-level undergraduate chemistry students is described. Compared with a traditional lecture format, assigning small groups of students to examine literature case studies encourages more active engagement with the course material and stimulates improved class discussion. In particular, a judicious selection of case studies either from high-profile publications or from literature directly pertaining to students' fields of research allows students to draw an immediate connection between the lecture material and their own academic/research interests.
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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: Massachusetts
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