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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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Bhattacharyya, Gautam; Harris, Michael S. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2018
We report our research of seven pairs of students enrolled in the second semester of sophomore-level organic chemistry as they attempted to describe (in their own words) and draw, respectively, three electron-pushing diagrams of three-step reaction mechanisms. The tasks' objective was to accurately reproduce the diagrams based solely on the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Organic Chemistry, College Science, Undergraduate Study