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DeKorver, Brittland K.; Choi, Mark; Towns, Marcy – Journal of Chemical Education, 2017
Chemical demonstration shows are a popular form of informal science education (ISE), employed by schools, museums, and other institutions in order to improve the public's understanding of science. Just as teachers employ formative and summative assessments in the science classroom to evaluate the impacts of their efforts, it is important to assess…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Middle Schools
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Moon, Alena; Stanford, Courtney; Cole, Renee; Towns, Marcy – Journal of Chemical Education, 2017
Recent science reform documents have called for incorporating authentic scientific discourse into science classes as engaging in discourse has shown to result in numerous benefits. Whether these benefits are observed in students depends upon the quality of the discourse in which they engage. However, characterizing the quality of student-student…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, College Science, Undergraduate Study
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Towns, Marcy; Harwood, Cynthia J.; Robertshaw, M. Brooke; Fish, Jason; O'Shea, Kevin – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
An evidence centered design approach was used to develop, implement, and assess a novel and innovative digital pipetting badge using Purdue's Passport system. Each student in a large lecture course created a video demonstrating how to use a 10 mL pipet to dispense liquid. The video was uploaded into the Passport system, which allowed instructors…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Chemistry, Laboratory Equipment, Laboratory Training
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Stanford, Courtney; Moon, Alena; Towns, Marcy; Cole, Renee – Journal of Chemical Education, 2016
Encouraging students to participate in collaborative discourse allows students to constructively engage one another, share ideas, develop joint understanding of the course content, and practice making scientific arguments. Argumentation is an important skill for students to learn, but students need to be given the opportunity in class to engage in…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Chemistry, Observation