Session S48 (Tuesday, 9:30am, Wartik 107)

P451: Benefits of research-inspired inquiry lab projects in general chemistry I

Kurt Winkelmann, Monica Baloga (Florida Institute of Technology, USA)

This presentation describes the results of introducing multi-week research-inspired modules to the General Chemistry I laboratory.  Groups being studied include students enrolled in General Chemistry I during their first semester of a four-year university and students retaking the class again after failing it.  Most students in this study are science or engineering majors. The purpose of this research project is to determine the extent to which exposure to pseudo-research laboratory practices can improve students’ perceptions of and abilities to perform chemical research. A variety of surveys as well as lab report grades helped to assess student achievement of those goals.  Results gathered during the fall 2010 semester show that students increased their confidence in planning experiments and their actual abilities in this area but showed no change in their perceptions of other aspects of scientific research.  Results from the collection of 2011 data will be presented also.


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