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The Chemical Educator

ISSN: 1430-4171 (electronic version)

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Abstract Volume 16 (2011) pp 217-219

Chemistry as a Second Language: A Method to Enhance Fluency in Chemistry

I. David Reingold

Department of Chemistry, Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA 16652,
Received January 9, 2011. Accepted July 16, 2011.

Published: 16 September 2011

Abstract. A twist on Peer Led Team Learning has students doing assigned homework problems rather than new ones,and the goal of the peer-led session is to prepare to explain the solutions publicly. In class students are called on at random to do so, earning bonus points for their entire group. The students in groups so outperformed the students not in groups that the experiment was aborted prematurely. Two years’ worth of data are presented here.

Key Words: In the Classroom; general chemistry; second year undergraduate; collaborative/cooperative learning; PLTL; active learning; pedagogy

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