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ERIC Number: EJ820271
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jul
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Undertaking Chemical Research at a Community College
Brown, David R.
Journal of Chemical Education, v83 n7 p970-972 Jul 2006
The merits of involving undergraduates in research activities have been publicized in numerous reports and have been promoted through various programs. Moreover, the value of offering research experiences specifically to first and second year students has been lauded. Undergraduate research is generally accepted to be a vehicle through which essential skills such as critical thinking can be sharpened, while it also serves to enhance recruitment and retention strategies for students in the sciences. Traditionally, community colleges have provided quality instruction in the chemical sciences, but research experiences for community college students have been relatively rare. As community colleges serve a large proportion of the nation's first and second year students in the chemical sciences, providing research experiences to community college students, whenever feasible, could have a major impact on the landscape of chemical education. This article addresses issues faced by community college educators who choose to participate in research activities and offers specific information about research projects undertaken at Southwestern College. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California