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Farhat, Naha J.; Stanford, Courtney; Ruder, Suzanne M. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
Assessments can provide instructors and students with valuable information regarding student's level of knowledge and understanding, in order to improve both teaching and learning. In this study, we analyzed departmental assessment quizzes given to students at the start of Organic Chemistry 2, over an eight year period. This assessment quiz was…
Descriptors: Organic Chemistry, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Science Tests
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Young, Karin J.; Lashley, Sarah; Murray, Sarah – Journal of Chemical Education, 2019
Creating instructional activities and assessments that align with expected learning outcomes can improve student learning. Communicating learning expectations to students may lead to better student performance and an increase in student perceptions of the fairness of the assessment tools. One tool for communicating learning outcomes is the…
Descriptors: Inorganic Chemistry, Science Instruction, Student Attitudes, Science Achievement
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Niemeyer, Emily D.; Zewail-Foote, Maha – Journal of Chemical Education, 2018
The use of electronic response pads or "clickers" is a popular way to engage students and create an active-learning environment, especially within large chemistry courses. We examined students' perceptions of how the clicker affected their learning, participation, and engagement in the classroom, as well as their overall experience…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Audience Response Systems, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Collison, Christina G.; Kim, Thomas; Cody, Jeremy; Anderson, Jason; Edelbach, Brian; Marmor, William; Kipsang, Rodgers; Ayotte, Charles; Saviola, Daniel; Niziol, Justin – Journal of Chemical Education, 2018
Reformed experimental activities (REActivities) are an innovative approach to the delivery of the traditional material in an undergraduate organic chemistry laboratory. A description of the design and implementation of REActivities at both a four- and two-year institution is discussed. The results obtained using a reformed teaching observational…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Organic Chemistry, Science Laboratories, Laboratory Experiments
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da Silva, Jose´ Nunes, Jr.; Nobre, Davi Jano^; do Nascimento, Ro^mulo Silva; Torres, Giancarlo Schaffer, Jr.; Leite, Antonio Jose´ Melo, Jr.; Monteiro, Andre´ Jalles; Alexandre, Francisco Serra Oliveira; Rodríguez, Maria Teresa; Rojo, Maria Joseja – Journal of Chemical Education, 2018
This report provides information about an interactive computer game named Say My Name that allows high school and undergraduate students to review individually nomenclature of organic compounds in an engaging and fun way by answering up to 600 questions distributed in three difficulty levels. Responses from students and teachers who have played…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Organic Chemistry, Secondary School Science, High School Students
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Michelle, Richards-Babb; Curtis, Reagan; Ratcliff, Betsy; Roy, Abhik; Mikalik, Taylor – Journal of Chemical Education, 2018
We investigated whether use of an adaptive-responsive online homework system (OHS) that tailors homework to students' prior knowledge and periodically reassesses students to promote learning through practice retrieval has inherent advantages over traditional-responsive online homework. A quasi-experimental cohort control post-test-only design with…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes, Chemistry, Electronic Learning
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Boesdorfer, Sarah B.; Baldwin, Emilee; Lieberum, Kyle A. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2018
Many students associate grades with the completion of course work rather than learning the course content. While research has heavily focused on teaching strategies and instructional tools to improve students' learning in general chemistry, less focus has been given to assessments as a learning tool to improve students learning. Standards-based…
Descriptors: Grading, Standards, Science Instruction, Nonmajors
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Thomas, Ashleigh L. P. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2017
This paper presents gradual implementation of active learning approaches in an organic chemistry classroom based on student feedback and strategies for getting students on-board with this new approach. Active learning techniques discussed include videos, online quizzes, reading assignments, and classroom activities. Preliminary findings indicate a…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, College Science
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Pearson, Russell J. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2017
Different approaches to the use of "clickers" (also known as student response systems) were introduced to a cohort of 127 students over a two-year period with the aim of making students think more deeply in-class about their chemistry knowledge. Student performance was monitored, and individual, anonymous student feedback was frequently…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Chemistry, College Science
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Hawker, Morgan J.; Dysleski, Lisa; Rickey, Dawn – Journal of Chemical Education, 2016
Metacognitive monitoring of one's own understanding plays a key role in learning. An aspect of metacognitive monitoring can be measured by comparing a student's prediction or postdiction of performance (a judgment made before or after completing the relevant task) with the student's actual performance. In this study, we investigated students'…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Metacognition, Progress Monitoring
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Cooper, Melanie M.; Kouyoumdjian, Hovig; Underwood, Sonia M. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2016
Acid-base chemistry is central to a wide range of reactions. If students are able to understand how and why acid-base reactions occur, it should provide a basis for reasoning about a host of other reactions. Here, we report the development of a method to characterize student reasoning about acid-base reactions based on their description of…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Logical Thinking, Scientific Concepts, Science Instruction
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Dick-Perez, Marilu; Luxford, Cynthia J.; Windus, Theresa L.; Holme, Thomas – Journal of Chemical Education, 2016
A 14-item, multiple-choice diagnostic assessment tool, the quantum chemistry concept inventory or QCCI, is presented. Items were developed based on published student misconceptions and content coverage and then piloted and used in advanced physical chemistry undergraduate courses. In addition to the instrument itself, data from both a pretest,…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Multiple Choice Tests, Undergraduate Students
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Zwicky, David A.; Hands, Michael D. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2016
This article describes the use of peer review in a writing project involving upper-level chemistry students in a chemical literature course, with the goal of improving student performance in meeting information literacy outcomes. Students were asked to find articles on a topic of their choice over the course of a semester and assemble the results…
Descriptors: College Science, Science Instruction, Chemistry, Information Literacy
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Burchett, Shayna; Hayes, Jack; Pfaff, Annalise; Satterfield, Emmalou T.; Skyles, Amy; Woelk, Klaus – Journal of Chemical Education, 2016
Laboratory capacity is an issue that has plagued education for more than a century. New buildings, late night classes, and virtual laboratories have offered transitory relief at great expense. Missouri University of Science and Technology is employing blended strategies to increase capacity and student success. Blended strategies expand learning…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Science Laboratories, College Science
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Wilson, Sarah Beth; Varma-Nelson, Pratibha – Journal of Chemical Education, 2016
Peer-led team learning (PLTL) research has expanded from its roots in program evaluation of student success measures in Workshop Chemistry to a spectrum of research questions and qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods study approaches. In order to develop recommendations for PLTL research and propose best practices for faculty who will…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Small Group Instruction, Teaching Methods, Peer Teaching
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