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ERIC Number: EJ1104728
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jul
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0047-231X
What Can Students Learn about Lab Safety from Mr. Bean?
Carr, Jeremy M.; Carr, June M.
Journal of College Science Teaching, v45 n6 Jul 2016
Chemical laboratory safety education is often synonymous with boring, dry, drawn-out lectures. In an effort to challenge this norm and stimulate vivid learning opportunities about laboratory safety, college chemistry classes analyzed a short, humorous video clip of a character, named Mr. Bean, who visits a chemistry laboratory and commits several safety violations. Each student based his or her analysis on prior chemical knowledge, and the resulting notes were collectively used to assemble a "master list" of violations depicted in the clip. Students learned that despite a foundational background in laboratory safety, it is entirely possible to violate common rules without self-realization. This lesson underscores the importance of applying traditional rules to higher level cognitive tasks.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Guides - Classroom - Learner; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Students
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A