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ERIC Number: EJ1123401
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Dec
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
The "pHunger Games": Manuscript Review to Assess Graduating Chemistry Majors
Gorin, David J.; Jamieson, Elizabeth R.; Queeney, K. T.; Shea, Kevin M.; Spray, Carrie G. Read
Journal of Chemical Education, v93 n12 p2058-2062 Dec 2016
Numerous options exist to assess student performance using standardized, multiple-choice exams at the course and department levels. This paper describes the development and implementation of an alternative department-level assessment for graduating chemistry majors. The assessment detailed here evaluates students' ability to transfer chemical knowledge from their classes to a real life application, namely the review of a scientific paper. Working in groups of three with full access to reference materials, students review a paper intentionally doctored by the faculty to contain a variety of errors. Student groups identify and correct mistakes in a paper with content spanning numerous chemistry subdisciplines. To motivate student effort, a prize is awarded to the group submitting the most thorough review. The data collected from the "pHunger Games" will inform curricular reform and innovation throughout the department.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: 1554814