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Sandi-Urena, Santiago; Cooper, Melanie M.; Gatlin, Todd A.; Bhattacharyya, Gautam – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2011
Most educators and scientists would agree that science laboratory instruction has the potential of developing science practices fundamental to achieving scientific literacy. However, there is scant evidence to support that this potential is realized, particularly in tertiary level education. This paper reports qualitative results from a sequential…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Laboratories, Metacognition, Scientific Literacy
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Sandi-Urena, Santiago; Cooper, Melanie M.; Gatlin, Todd A. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2011
Research in general chemistry laboratory instruction has rarely focused on the impact of the learning environment on the graduate teaching assistants (GTAs). We decided to investigate the effect that facilitating a well established cooperative problem-based chemistry laboratory has on GTAs' epistemological and metacognitive development, and how…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Graduate Students, Educational Environment, Cooperative Learning