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Hill, Michelle A.; Overton, Tina L.; Thompson, Christopher D.; Kitson, Russell R. A.; Coppo, Paolo – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2019
Employers of chemistry graduates are seeking a range of transferable skills from prospective employees, and academics are increasingly seeking to build employability skill development opportunities into the undergraduate curriculum. However, research suggests that undergraduates do not recognise or value such skill development without prompting.…
Descriptors: Chemistry, College Science, Undergraduate Students, Science Process Skills
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George-Williams, Stephen R.; Soo, Jue T.; Ziebell, Angela L.; Thompson, Christopher D.; Overton, Tina L. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2018
Many examples exist in the chemical education literature of individual experiments, whole courses or even entire year levels that have been completely renewed under the tenets of context-based, inquiry-based or problem-based learning. The benefits of these changes are well documented and include higher student engagement, broader skill development…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Problem Based Learning, Foreign Countries, Chemistry
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Pullen, Reyne; Thickett, Stuart C.; Bissember, Alex C. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2018
In chemistry curricula, both the role of the laboratory program and the method of assessment used are subject to scrutiny and debate. The ability to identify clearly defined competencies for the chemistry laboratory program is crucial, given the numerous other disciplines that rely on foundation-level chemistry knowledge and practical skills. In…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, College Science, Chemistry, Science Laboratories
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Wei, Jianye; Mocerino, Mauro; Treagust, David F.; Lucey, Anthony D.; Zadnik, Marjan G.; Lindsay, Euan D.; Carter, Damien J. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2018
Laboratories play a crucial role in the undergraduate science curriculum and the effectiveness of learning in laboratories is influenced by learners' interactions with other students, the instructors, and the equipment used. In this study, a pre-lab survey was used to collect information about students' expectations of interactions in chemistry…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, College Science, Chemistry, Science Instruction
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Vishnumolakala, Venkat Rao; Southam, Daniel C.; Treagust, David F.; Mocerino, Mauro; Qureshi, Sheila – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2017
This one-semester, mixed methods study underpinning social cognition and theory of planned behaviour investigated the attitudes, self-efficacy, and experiences of 559 first year undergraduate chemistry students from two cohorts in modified process-oriented guided inquiry learning (POGIL) classes. Versions of attitude toward the study of chemistry…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Self Efficacy, College Science, Chemistry
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Ogunde, Jared C.; Overton, Tina L.; Thompson, Christopher D.; Mewis, Ruth; Boniface, Suzanne – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2017
This study investigated undergraduate chemistry students' career aspirations and how these vary from one educational system to another in different geographic regions. The participants of this study were undergraduate chemistry students from various institutions located in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. The study took place in the form of an…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Chemistry, Regional Characteristics, Occupational Aspiration
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Vishnumolakala, Venkat Rao; Southam, Daniel C.; Treagust, David F.; Mocerino, Mauro – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2016
Pedagogical practitioners who emphasise active learning in undergraduate chemistry courses widely use the Student Assessment of Learning Gains (SALG) instrument to measure students' perceptions of their gains in knowledge and skills in chemistry. Although numerous studies have reported SALG results in support of successful pedagogical…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, College Science, Student Attitudes
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Southam, Daniel C.; Shand, Bradley; Buntine, Mark A.; Kable, Scott H.; Read, Justin R.; Morris, Jonathan C. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2013
An assessment of the acylation of ferrocene laboratory exercise across three successive years resulted in a significant fluctuation in student perception of the experiment. This perception was measured by collecting student responses to an instrument immediately after the experiment, which includes Likert and open-ended responses from the student.…
Descriptors: Laboratory Experiments, Case Studies, Student Attitudes, Organic Chemistry
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de Berg, Kevin – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2012
This paper reports on students' understanding of sugar concentration in aqueous solutions presented in two different modes: a visual submicroscopic mode for particles and a verbal mode referring to macroscopic amounts of sugar. One hundred and forty-five tertiary college students studying some form of first-year chemistry participated in the…
Descriptors: Chemistry, College Science, Science Education, Undergraduate Students
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Sheehan, Madoc; Schneider, Phil; Desha, Cheryl – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2012
Sustainability has emerged as a primary context for engineering education in the 21st Century, particularly the sub-discipline of chemical engineering. However, there is confusion over how to go about integrating sustainability knowledge and skills systemically within bachelor degrees. This paper addresses this challenge, using a case study of an…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Educational Change, Chemical Engineering, Foreign Countries
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Crisp, Michael G.; Kable, Scott H.; Read, Justin R.; Buntine, Mark A. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2011
This paper describes an educational analysis of a first year university chemistry practical called "Investigating sugar using a home made polarimeter". The analysis follows the formalism of the Advancing Chemistry by Enhancing Learning in the Laboratory (ACELL) project, which includes a statement of education objectives, and an analysis…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Student Attitudes, Chemistry, Science Laboratories