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ISSN: 1430-4171 (electronic version)

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Abstract Volume 1 Issue 1 (1996), S1430-4171(96)01002-3

Workshop Chemistry: Overcoming the Barriers to Student Success

David Gosser,1 Vickie Roth,2* Leo Gafney,2 Jack Kampmeier,2 Victor Strozak,3 Pratibha Varma-Nelson,4 Stanley Radel,1 and Michael Weiner1

1The City College of the City University of New York
2University of Rochester
3New York City Technical School
4St. Xavier University

Published online: 25 March 1996

Abstract. Prevailing modes of instruction, often passive in nature, do not address crucial issues for student success in science: the need for students to become part of an intellectual community, the differences in the ways students learn, and the powerful role that mentoring can play in involving students in science. Furthermore, students who spend most of their instructional time listening to lectures seldom learn to communicate scientific ideas and to become part of a problem-solving team, skills that industry tells us are crucial to success in the workplace. Workshop Chemistry is a peer-led team-learning model of instruction that provides an active learning experience for students, creates new leadership roles for those who have done well, and involves faculty in the process of reform. A modest reduction in lecture or recitation time is replaced by a 2-hour student-directed small group problem-solving and model-building workshop. The Workshop Chemistry Project is a coalition of faculty, learning specialists, and students from a variety of institutions organized around the theme of developing the workshop model as an integral part of the course structure. Several brief descriptions of the workshop courses offered in the Fall of 1995 are provided, along with some sample workshop problems. Surveys, focus groups, student logs, faculty interviews, and actual course results provide insight into the enhanced learning in the workshop and the progress of the project towards its goals.

Key Words:  Computers in Chemistry; workshop; National Science Foundation, NSF; general chemistry; learning

(*) Corresponding author. (E-mail: )

Article in PDF format (108 KB )

Supporting Materials:

See main article for descriptions of the supporting files: projpart.pdf (35 KB) 10.1007/s00897960002b; trainsyl.pdf (39 KB) 10.1007/s00897960002c; smplmatl.pdf (51 KB) 10.1007/s00897960002d; courdes.pdf (56 KB) 10.1007/s00897960002e; stntques.pdf (70 KB) 10.1007/s00897960002f; leadrlog.pdf (68 KB) 10.1007/s00897960002g; (2.6 MB) 10.1007/s00897960002h

Issue date: March 25, 1996

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