Proposal Title

Integrating Research Experiences in the General Chemistry Laboratory Course

Proposal Abstract

Integrating research and education has been an integral part of the philosophy of the University of Puerto Rico. The General Chemistry curriculum has being revised to enhance student learning and engagement. The curriculum revision included the design of new interdisciplinary laboratory experiences to prepare the student for a cooperative research project involving literature revision, method development, data analysis, and oral and written presentation. The new experiences were implemented in ten laboratory sections visited by a total of two hundred science, mathematics, and engineering students. In the experience different learning strategies such as cooperative learning, peer lead team and peer review were included. Assessments of the learning outcomes were performed to determine the level of development of the research skills and the improvement in other laboratory techniques and analysis of concepts. The experimental designs, the results of this implementation, and comparisons of student performance using more traditional approaches are presented.

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Integrating Research Experiences in the General Chemistry Laboratory Course

Concourse

Integrating research and education has been an integral part of the philosophy of the University of Puerto Rico. The General Chemistry curriculum has being revised to enhance student learning and engagement. The curriculum revision included the design of new interdisciplinary laboratory experiences to prepare the student for a cooperative research project involving literature revision, method development, data analysis, and oral and written presentation. The new experiences were implemented in ten laboratory sections visited by a total of two hundred science, mathematics, and engineering students. In the experience different learning strategies such as cooperative learning, peer lead team and peer review were included. Assessments of the learning outcomes were performed to determine the level of development of the research skills and the improvement in other laboratory techniques and analysis of concepts. The experimental designs, the results of this implementation, and comparisons of student performance using more traditional approaches are presented.