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Trogden, Bridget G.; Royal, Jennifer Ellis – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2019
Foundational undergraduate courses in chemistry and mathematics are gateways to a number of lucrative majors and pre-professional programs. Historically, however, students often struggle with these disciplines and can benefit from alternate approaches to examining their learning strategies. This article describes the use of exam…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Undergraduate Students, Science Instruction, Mathematics Instruction
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Thadani, Vandana; Bouvier-Brown, Nicole C. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2016
College textbook publishers increasingly bundle sophisticated technology-based study tools with their texts. These tools appear promising, but empirical work on their efficacy is needed. We examined whether LearnSmart, a study tool bundled with McGraw-Hill's textbook "Chemistry" (Chang & Goldsby, 2013), improved learning in an…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Metacognition, Chemistry, Science Instruction
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Mabrouk, Patricia Ann – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
The author describes the principal findings of a survey study looking at student perceptions of a new form-based approach to reflective journaling. A form-based journal assignment was developed for use in introductory lecture courses and tested over a two-year period in an Honors General Chemistry course for engineers with a total of 157…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Journal Writing, Assignments, Introductory Courses
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Saitta, Erin K.; Zemliansky, Pavel; Turner, Anna – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2015
The authors present a model for program-wide assessment of the effectiveness of writing instruction in a chemistry laboratory course. This model, which involves collaboration between faculty from chemistry, the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) program, and the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, is based on several theories and…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Instructional Effectiveness, Science Laboratories, Science Instruction