ERIC Number: EJ823743
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
A Chemistry Minute: Recognizing Chemistry in Our Daily Lives
Luning Prak, Dianne J.; Copper, Christine L.
Journal of Chemical Education, v85 n10 p1368-1369 Oct 2008
Students in introductory chemistry classes often wonder about the relevance of chemistry to their daily lives. We have sought to increase their awareness by requiring each student in first- and second-semester general chemistry to make a two-minute presentation on a chemistry-related topic. This exercise gives students an opportunity to think about chemistry taking place around them and to make a short oral presentation. These presentations often generate questions that can be addressed by the instructor immediately or as the course proceeds. The presentations also provide new examples for instructors to use in future classes. In our experience, the creativity and enthusiasm of the presenters captures the attention of their classmates and creates a positive classroom environment in which the instructor can begin the lesson for the day.
Descriptors: Chemistry, Teaching Methods, Relevance (Education), Science Instruction, Learning Activities, College Science, Speeches, Inquiry
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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