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The Chemical Educator

ISSN: 1430-4171 (electronic version)

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Abstract Volume 15 (2010) pp 295-303

Small Group Learning in Large Lecture Classes

Joseph J. Lagowski* and Donna C. Lyon

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, The University of Texas at Austin, 1 University Station, A5300, Austin, TX 78712-0165,
Received September 9, 2009. Accepted March 17, 2010.

Published: 31 July 2010

Abstract. We present here the results of a comprehensive experiment designed to establish the details of the protocol developed to improve the learning of students in a large (5-400 students) enrollment general chemistry course for science majors that is usually taught in the traditional 3-lecture per week manner. Comprehensive data were collected from which the details of the administrative structure and the training of peer Teaching Assistants was obtained. In addition, the data yielded inductive student achievement levels using the standard measurement, the results of major and final examinations.

Key Words: Laboratories and Demonstrations; analytic chemistry; instrumental; electrochemistry; laboratory instruction; kinetics; transport properties

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