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Boyd-Kimball, Debra; Miller, Keith R. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2018
Laboratory courses are often designed using step-by-step protocols which encourage students to conduct experiments without thinking about what they are doing or why they are doing it. Such course design limits the growth of our students as scientists and can make it more difficult for a student to transition to the expectations of a research…
Descriptors: Science Laboratories, Science Instruction, College Science, Undergraduate Study
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Lenczewski, Mary S. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2016
Students who lack academic maturity can sometimes feel overwhelmed in a fully flipped classroom. Here an alternative, the Semi-Flipped method, is discussed. Rural students, who face unique challenges in transitioning from high school learning to college-level learning, can particularly profit from the use of the Semi-Flipped method in the General…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Homework
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Carmel, Justin H.; Jessa, Yasmin; Yezierski, Ellen J. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
A liberal education curriculum requires discipline-specific courses that develop intellectual and practical skills. With this promise of development, it is crucial that instruction focuses on content knowledge as well as the thinking patterns associated with the content. In chemistry, scientific reasoning is one such skill that students should…
Descriptors: Nonmajors, Science Education, College Science, Chemistry