ERIC Number: EJ1017093
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Using a Collaborative Critiquing Technique to Develop Chemistry Students' Technical Writing Skills
Carr, Jeremy M.
Journal of Chemical Education, v90 n6 p751-754 Jun 2013
The technique, termed "collaborative critiquing", was developed to teach fundamental technical writing skills to analytical chemistry students for the preparation of laboratory reports. This exercise, which can be completed prior to peer-review activities, is novel, highly interactive, and allows students to take responsibility for their learning. In a collaborative critiquing exercise, students read writing samples from laboratory reports constructed by their peers and, through an interactive discussion, evaluate the quality of the writing by identifying the strengths and weaknesses of each passage. The second part of this lesson involves having students rewrite substandard laboratory report excerpts to practice writing in a technical voice. This lesson was believed to increase the class' ability to identify technical writing flaws and apply this knowledge base toward improving their own laboratory report writing.
Descriptors: Writing Skills, Chemistry, Reports, College Science, Cooperative Learning, Inquiry, Science Laboratories, Criticism, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Peer Evaluation, Technical Writing
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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