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ERIC Number: EJ913058
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Mini-Lab Activities: Inquiry-Based Lab Activities for Formative Assessment
Branan, Daniel; Morgan, Matt
Journal of Chemical Education, v87 n1 p69-72 Jan 2010
Students everywhere love chemistry demonstrations, especially if they involve explosions. But have you ever wanted to move beyond the "wow" factor and find a way to incorporate active student learning into your demos? What if you could get them to think more deeply about what they're observing, and then find out if they really understand what they've experienced? Those questions initiated our quest to create "interactive demos" at the US Air Force Academy Department of Chemistry. Over the past year and a half, this effort has evolved into inquiry-based learning activities. We now refer to these activities as "mini-labs", because they also contain the additional dimension of a simple formative assessment of a student's knowledge and awareness of chemical principles. The "Mini-Lab" was conceived of as an idea to help instructors easily add inquiry-based learning activities to their curriculum by providing an array of activities that are easy to implement and not supply-intensive and that are designed around sound pedagogical principles. This program originated at the United States Air Force Academy, but was further developed in collaboration with colleagues at Hamline University. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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