ERIC Number: EJ1175829
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
A Service-Learning Chemistry Course as a Model to Improve Undergraduate Scientific Communication Skills
Najmr, Stan; Chae, Joanna; Greenberg, Mara L.; Bowman, Cory; Harkavy, Ira; Maeyer, Jenine R.
Journal of Chemical Education, v95 n4 p528-534 Apr 2018
Improving communication between people in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields and the public is critical to the future of STEM. Partnerships between institutions of higher education with K-12 schools are identified as one effective strategy to support community engagement. We have employed a service-learning model to develop a chemistry course (Chemistry 010) that engages undergraduate students in developing and teaching chemistry experiments for a secondary school audience. This service-learning course design provided us with the consistency and flexibility to sustain substantive learning experiences for both the undergraduates and secondary students. In addition to describing the model of this course in detail, we evaluate this course's impact on undergraduate scientific communication skills. Analysis of reflections written by the undergraduates reveals that Chemistry 010 is an effective course structure for them to explore and assess their competencies to teach and communicate scientific concepts. The course's influence on the secondary students, teacher partners, and university instructors will be the focus of future studies to ensure the mutual benefit of all involved parties.
Descriptors: Service Learning, Chemistry, College Science, Science Education, Science Instruction, Undergraduate Students, Communication Skills, Skill Development, Science Process Skills, STEM Education, Course Descriptions, Teaching Assistants, Mentors, Communication (Thought Transfer)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)
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