What are we going to do about a problem like polymer chemistry? Develop new methods of delivery to improve understanding of a demanding interdisciplinary topic

G. Cavalli, Ian Hamerton, S. Lygo-Baker*

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Abstract

Following collaboration between two chemistry lecturers and an academic developer an attempt was made to enhance the learning of students within a chemistry module through the adaptation of the delivery of content material. This paper reports a piece of practitioner led research which considered how effective the approach developed was upon the level of student understanding and the process through which this occurred. The module delivery was altered from an emphasis on the transmission of knowledge through a traditional lecture format, to rotating small group problem based sessions and the use of concept maps. Student feedback and higher grades achieved appear to demonstrate it was effective.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-301
Number of pages9
JournalChemistry Education Research and Practice
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Feb 2015

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