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Abstract Volume 14 Issue 2 (2009) pp 55-60

Materials Development for a Research-Based Undergraduate Laboratory Curriculum

Cianαn B. Russell,†,a Anne K. Bentley,‡,a Donald J. Wink,§ Gabriela C. Weaver††,*

†Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332, ‡Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR 97219, §University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL 60607, ††Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907
Received February 20, 2008. Accepted August 21, 2008.

Published online: 1 April 2009

Abstract. The Center for Authentic Science Practice in Education (CASPiE) is a research-based undergraduate laboratory curriculum targeting first- and second-year chemistry students. During the development of CASPiE curriculum materials, the development team faced challenges such as cost of chemicals and equipment, limited student time in the laboratory, and accessibility of the curriculum text. The strategies employed by research scientists and educational researchers to overcome these challenges are described.

Key Words: Laboratories and Demonstrations; general chemistry; general chemistry

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Issue date: April 1, 2009

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