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Jewitt, Sarah; Sutphin, Kathy; Gierasch, Tiffany; Hamilton, Pauline; Lilly, Kathleen; Miller, Kristine; Newlin, Donald; Pires, Richard; Sherer, Maureen; LaCourse, William R. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2018
This article examines the ways that a shared faculty experience across five partner institutions led to a deep awareness of the curriculum and pedagogy of general chemistry coursework, and ultimately, to a collaborative action plan for student success. The team identified key differences and similarities in course content and instructional…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Chemistry, Curriculum, Success
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Marteel-Parrish, Anne E.; Lipchock, James M. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2018
Success in chemistry in the 21st century requires not only a mastery of important chemical concepts, but also the skills to apply this knowledge to important societal issues and the ability to effectively convey scientific information using a range of media. In response to this challenge we have developed an innovative four-credit seminar that…
Descriptors: Chemistry, College Science, Undergraduate Study, Problem Solving
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Bunce, Diane M.; Komperda, Regis; Dillner, Debra K.; Lin, Shirley; Schroeder, Maria J.; Hartman, JudithAnn R. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2017
Students with an insufficient amount of time to study are becoming more prevalent in the general college population as many who enroll in college have competing responsibilities (full-time jobs, childcare, etc.). Such students are likely to choose study resources that they consider to be both effective and efficient. Students at the U.S. Naval…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Chemistry, Study Habits, Study Skills
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Bunce, Diane M.; Komperda, Regis; Schroeder, Maria J.; Dillner, Debra K.; Lin, Shirley; Teichert, Melonie A.; Hartman, JudithAnn R. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2017
This study examined similarities and differences in study approaches reported by general chemistry students performing at different achievement levels. The study population consisted of freshmen enrolled in a required year-long general chemistry course at the U.S. Naval Academy. Students in the first and second semesters of the course were…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Military Science, College Freshmen, Study Skills
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Greco, George E. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2016
Chemistry majors at Goucher College are now required to take a 1-credit course in their sophomore year entitled Chemical Information Literacy. Students in the course learn the structure and organization of the chemical literature, and how to carry out searches of various databases for topic, author, chemical compound, or structure. They learn…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Information Literacy, Majors (Students), College Science
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Baykoucheva, Svetla; Houck, Joseph D.; White, Natalia – Journal of Chemical Education, 2016
The blended model for information literacy instruction described in this article introduces students not only to efficient techniques for finding scientific literature and properties of chemical compounds, but also to managing this information with a bibliographic management program (EndNote Online). The model blends face-to-face instruction with…
Descriptors: Information Literacy, Science Instruction, Chemistry, Models
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van de Wouw, Heidi L.; Chamorro, Juan; Quintero, Michael; Klausen, Rebekka S. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
A laboratory experiment is described that introduces second-year undergraduate organic chemistry students to organic electronic materials. The discovery of metallic conductivity in the charge transfer salt tetrathiafulvalene tetracyanoquinodimethane (TTF-TCNQ) is a landmark result in the history of organic electronics. The charge transfer…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, Undergraduate Study, Organic Chemistry
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Campbell, Mark L. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
Multiple-choice exams, while widely used, are necessarily imprecise due to the contribution of the final student score due to guessing. This past year at the United States Naval Academy the construction and grading scheme for the department-wide general chemistry multiple-choice exams were revised with the goal of decreasing the contribution of…
Descriptors: Multiple Choice Tests, Chemistry, Science Tests, Guessing (Tests)
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Wilson, Zakiya S.; McGuire, Saundra Y.; Limbach, Patrick A.; Doyle, Michael P.; Marzilli, Luigi G.; Warner, Isiah M. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2014
For many years, the U.S. has underutilized its human resources, as evidenced by the pervasive underrepresentation of several racial and ethnic groups within academia in general and the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, in particular. To address this underutilization, academic departments within U.S. universities…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Chemistry, Doctoral Programs, Doctoral Degrees
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Marteel-Parrish, Anne E. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2014
An elective course, "Toward the Greening of Our Minds": Green and Sustainable Chemistry, has been offered at Washington College since 2005. This new course without laboratory is designed for chemistry and biology majors and minors who have previously taken two semesters of general chemistry and organic chemistry. Due to the popularity of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Sustainability, College Science, Chemistry
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Supalo, Cary; Isaacson, Mick D.; Lombardi, Michael V. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2014
The 2011 National Federation of the Blind Youth Slam event at Towson University enabled a large group of blind youth to participate in a five day long science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) academy. Enrichment experiences such as this one may generate interest in STEM subjects for students with visual impairments. For decades,…
Descriptors: Hands on Science, Accessibility (for Disabled), Blindness, STEM Education
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Dillner, Debra K.; Ferrante, Robert F.; Fitzgerald, Jeffrey P.; Heuer, William B.; Schroeder, Maria J. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2007
A new, integrated laboratory curriculum was recently developed at the U.S. Naval Academy in response to the 1999 ACS Committee on Professional Training guidelines that required inclusion of biochemistry and a stronger emphasis on student research. To meet these ACS requirements and to introduce more student choice in the major, we embarked on a…
Descriptors: Student Research, Advanced Courses, Chemistry, Laboratories