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Grove, Nathaniel P.; Bretz, Stacey Lowery – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2012
The Assimilation Theory of Ausubel and Novak has typically been used in the research literature to describe two extremes to learning chemistry: meaningful learning "versus" rote memorization. It is unlikely, however, that such discrete categories of learning exist. Rote and meaningful learning, rather, are endpoints along a continuum of…
Descriptors: Organic Chemistry, Learning, Memorization, Spiral Curriculum
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Grove, Nathaniel P.; Hershberger, James W.; Bretz, Stacey Lowery – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2008
At Miami University, the attrition rate in the year-long organic chemistry sequence for pre-medical majors typically ranges from 30-50%. To decrease attrition, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry developed an innovative, spiral curriculum. Unlike a traditional organic chemistry course that moves sequentially through the material, the…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Student Attrition