Offering Community Engagement Activities to Increase Chemistry Knowledge and Confidence for Teachers and Students

Tim Harrison, Sarah Glover, Joyce Sewry, Dudley Shallcross, Kenneth Ngcoza

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Abstract

Given the emphasis on community engagement in higher education, academic departments need to become more involved in the community. This paper discusses a number of outreach activities undertaken by the chemistry department at Rhodes University, South Africa. The activities range from service learning to community engagement with teachers and school students in partnership with other interested parties. Teachers who attended workshops reported that their subject knowledge and confidence had increased and they were subsequently doing more practical work in lessons. Practical chemistry demonstrations and workshops afforded opportunities for school students to observe or perform chemical experiments and interact with university students. Undergraduate students directly benefitted from involvement in community engagement through the development and implementation of credit-bearing service learning.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1611–1617
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Chemical Education
Volume91
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jun 2014

Keywords

  • Atmospheric Chemistry;
  • Continuing Education
  • Demonstrations;
  • Dyes/Pigments;
  • Elementary/Middle School Science
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • General Public
  • Hands-On
  • Learning/Manipulatives
  • Public Understanding/Outreach

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