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ERIC Number: EJ863181
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Thinking outside the Classroom: Integrating Field Trips into a First-Year Undergraduate Chemistry Curriculum
Forest, Kaya; Rayne, Sierra
Journal of Chemical Education, v86 n11 p1290-1294 Nov 2009
Studies on student learning during primary- and secondary-school course-related field trip activities have shown lasting cognitive and socio-cultural effects. However, fewer studies have investigated the potential benefits of incorporating field trip activities into post-secondary education. The curriculum in a first-year university chemistry course provides the foundations for understanding processes we encounter every day. Thus, field trips can provide an opportunity to help students see beyond their everyday experiences into the world around us through a chemist's eyes. As a way of seeing their lecture material in action, taking students on field trips to water treatment plants helps describe a real-world application of solution stoichiometry and polymer chemistry. Similarly, a trip to a winery assists understanding of chemical transformations that occur in organic molecules, and a trip to wastewater treatment plants enables students to see applications of acid-base and redox chemistry. These experiences allow students to engage the material on a level difficult to convey or appreciate in the classroom. Field trips can also satisfy instructor motivations to not only facilitate learning as a way of connecting with the curriculum, but also to engage students by (a) providing new learning experiences, (b) fostering interest and motivation in students, (c) promoting lifelong learning, and (d) engaging with the local science and technology communities. (Contains 1 figure and 3 textboxes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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