ERIC Number: EJ1101538
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Integrating the Liberal Arts and Chemistry: A Series of General Chemistry Assignments to Develop Science Literacy
Miller, Diane M.; Chengelis Czegan, Demetra A.
Journal of Chemical Education, v93 n5 p864-869 May 2016
This paper describes assignments that have been implemented in a General Chemistry I course to promote science literacy. This course was chosen in particular because it reaches a broad audience, which includes nonscience majors. The assignment series begins with several discussions and tasks to develop information literacy, in which students find and critique sources of information and evaluate a journal article. It then culminates in an assignment that asks students to critically review a variety of information on a current issue and compose a written supported argument. This set of assignments gives our course a broader, liberal arts context, and according to student feedback, it has been successful in fostering science literacy. Adaptation for use in upper-level courses is also discussed.
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Interdisciplinary Approach, Liberal Arts, Assignments, Scientific Literacy, College Science, Problem Solving, Communication Skills, Writing Skills, Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes, Public Health
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania