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ERIC Number: EJ913383
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Using Popular Nonfiction in Organic Chemistry: Teaching More than Content
Amaral, Katie E.; Shibley, Ivan A., Jr.
Journal of Chemical Education, v87 n4 p400-404 Apr 2010
Assigning a popular nonfiction book as a supplemental text in organic chemistry can help students learn valuable skills. An analysis of student feedback on assignments related to a nonfiction book in two different organic courses revealed that students applied the information from the book, improved their communication skills, and were more enthusiastic about organic chemistry. Although a few students complained that the additional work was burdensome, the generally positive response to the popular nonfiction suggests that assigning such works can help organic teachers teach more than just the content of the course. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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