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Williams, Dylan P.; Hin, Shane Lo Fan; Erlina – New Directions in the Teaching of Physical Sciences, 2019
Recent work on student perceptions of skills development and engagement with different teaching and learning approaches have provided useful evidence bases for practitioners aiming to enhance the student learning experience. Although there has been some useful research on student expectations in non-STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Chemistry, Student Attitudes, Skill Development
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Blount, Leanne A.; Blackburn, Richard A. R. – New Directions in the Teaching of Physical Sciences, 2019
Picture boards as a visual support aid for in-lab demonstrator briefings were deployed for a single experiment in both the first and second year undergraduate practical classes. The boards are easy to create and provide an alternative, more accessible and 'presentation friendly' perspective of the laboratory manual associated with an experiment.…
Descriptors: Demonstrations (Educational), Science Experiments, College Instruction, Science Instruction
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Hutton, C.; Robson, J. – New Directions in the Teaching of Physical Sciences, 2019
Developing an online learning community can help to improve student success. This presents a challenge as the student cohort is often time-limited and shifting in composition before a module starts. The continued evaluation and development of an online preparatory website for the new, year one module S112 -- "Science: concepts and…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Distance Education, Discussion Groups, Online Courses
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Hilliam, Rachel; Goldrei, Derek – New Directions in the Teaching of Physical Sciences, 2019
There is an increasing focus within Higher Education on the wider student experience. Student engagement and a well-developed community are associated with greater levels of retention, student satisfaction and success. Whilst creating opportunities for students to engage with each other and staff may be easier in a face-to-face environment, the…
Descriptors: College Students, College Mathematics, Communities of Practice, Computer Mediated Communication
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Bell, J.; Dicker, R.; Garcia, M.; Kelly, E.; Streich, R.; Mulrooney, H.; Kelly, A. F. – New Directions in the Teaching of Physical Sciences, 2019
Working effectively within multidisciplinary teams is an important employability skill common in postgraduate working life, but opportunities to develop this are limited in many undergraduate taught programmes. The projects reported here offered twelve level 5 undergraduate students from a range of science disciplines the opportunity to work with…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Active Learning, Job Skills, Skill Development
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Haxton, Katherine J.; Darton, Richard J. – New Directions in the Teaching of Physical Sciences, 2019
As part of a transnational degree programme, students in the UK and China were linked together to carry out group work. This was enabled by having two versions of our FHEQ Level 4 Sustainable Chemistry module; in person for UK students, and by distance learning for Chinese students. Groups were instructed to discuss issues relating to the UN…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, International Cooperation, College Students, Distance Education
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Mulrooney, H. M. – New Directions in the Teaching of Physical Sciences, 2019
Self-assessment, whereby students are actively engaged in assessing the quality of their work, has been shown to benefit them. It is not routinely carried out in all institutions. This pilot study aimed to explore the extent to which students chose to engage with self-assessment when invited to do so, and how accurate they were when they did. A…
Descriptors: Self Evaluation (Individuals), Foreign Countries, Grades (Scholastic), Student Evaluation
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Al-Saedi, A.; Bell, J.; Boorman, A.; Cameron, E.; Castleman, Z.; Flanagan, C.; Fraser, C.; Pearson, J.; Philp, A.; Robinson, K.; Silva, F.; Taki, A.; Tubeileh, D.; Vosters, R.; Mulrooney, H. M. – New Directions in the Teaching of Physical Sciences, 2019
Authentic learning opportunities replicating working environments will enhance learners' employability and intrinsic motivation. Within most undergraduate curricula, opportunities for students to experience hands-on learning opportunities which mimic public health practice are limited. A pilot university cook and eat programme (the Cook School)…
Descriptors: Public Health, Health Education, Peer Teaching, Partnerships in Education
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Balasubramaniam, Dharini; Hinrichs, Uta; Noreika, Martynas; Macindoe, Alasdair – New Directions in the Teaching of Physical Sciences, 2018
Traditional module delivery in higher education often follows a linear structure, which is not always conducive to understanding concepts and the many possible relationships between them. In this paper we introduce an online visual interactive learning resource called ViLO designed to address this problem. We describe the principles guiding the…
Descriptors: Independent Study, Electronic Learning, Concept Mapping, Graphs
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Siani, Alessandro; Dacin, Claudiu – New Directions in the Teaching of Physical Sciences, 2018
Tackling the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) skills shortage is an ongoing challenge for governments and policymakers worldwide. While the last decade has seen an increase in student enrolment into STEM degree courses in the UK, the gender gap remains a persistent issue in academia. In order to understand the causes…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Gender Bias, Student Attitudes, STEM Education
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Grey, Simon; Gordon, Neil – New Directions in the Teaching of Physical Sciences, 2018
In this paper, we argue that, where we measure student attendance, this creates an extrinsic motivator in the form of a reward for (apparent) engagement and can thus lead to undesirable behaviour and outcomes. We go on to consider a number of other mechanisms to assess or encourage student engagement -- such as interactions with a learning…
Descriptors: Attendance, Measurement, Learner Engagement, Student Behavior
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Pawley, Susan; Hughes, Chris – New Directions in the Teaching of Physical Sciences, 2018
Many STEM subjects are strongly hierarchical: learning and progression depends upon threshold concepts and retained knowledge from previous study. To help progress learning, support can be offered during regular study periods, but what happens during breaks between studies? The requirement to provide continuity during study breaks is recognised as…
Descriptors: College Students, College Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Study Habits
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Goldring, T.; Harper, E.; Jassal, R.; Joseph, L.; Kelly, A.; Mulrooney, H.; Piper, I.; Walker, H. – New Directions in the Teaching of Physical Sciences, 2018
Transition to higher education is challenging, and more so for some groups. The transition from Level 3 foundation year into Level 4 is an opportunity to explore student perspectives on transition. Qualitative survey and focus group data were collected from current and previous Level 3 students, to ascertain student perceptions about induction,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes, School Orientation, Student Adjustment
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Williams, Dylan P. – New Directions in the Teaching of Physical Sciences, 2018
An evaluation of a new problem-based, open-ended induction activity for chemistry undergraduates at the University of Leicester was undertaken. Responses to the evaluation questionnaire (N=168) revealed that students appreciated the opportunity to make friends with their course mates (88.1% agreement), to discuss science with other students (76.8%…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Chemistry, Science Instruction, College Science
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McMillan, Craig; Loads, Daphne; McQueen, Heather A. – New Directions in the Teaching of Physical Sciences, 2018
"Graduate attributes" are widely believed to be important in developing the scientific skill-set, with generic skills being viewed as more important than discipline-specific qualities. Importantly, students need opportunities to think and practice in ways akin to experts. The continued use of didactic lectures in university education…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Lecture Method, College Students, Active Learning
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