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ERIC Number: EJ820823
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Showing the True Face of Chemistry in a Service-Learning Outreach Course
LaRiviere, Frederick J.; Miller, Lisa M.; Millard, Julie T.
Journal of Chemical Education, v84 n10 p1636-1639 Oct 2007
We describe a service-learning course in which college students developed hands-on chemistry laboratory activities for elementary school children. These activities were then conducted with children both in area classrooms and in our own laboratories. This course allowed our students to apply their knowledge of chemical principles while introducing young children to chemistry as an exciting discipline. Children were surveyed before and after outreach activities to gauge their attitudes about science, including their perceptions about gender and science. Other assessment included student course evaluations and impressions of participating teachers, both of which suggested that this course had a positive impact on both our own students and the participating children. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A