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Enhancing Undergraduate Chemistry Laboratories - John Carnduff

Enhancing Undergraduate Chemistry Laboratories

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Laboratory work is an essential part of undergraduate chemistry courses. The laboratory provides a setting for training not just in practical hand and instrument skills, but also for other skills such as planning, recording, interpreting and working in teams.However, students often learn little from their time in the laboratory and find it hard to make connections with lectures. Over half of third-level chemical students have no intention of becoming practising chemists anyway. Teaching staff may also feel pressured in relation to manpower, materials, time and safety.Carrying out exercises before and after laboratory sessions can maximise the benefit of practical work for higher education students.This books surveys existing materials for pre-laboratory and post-laboratory exercises in the chemical sciences. Twenty examples are given, and guidance is provided for constructing similar exercises.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
How to use this booklet
Examples of pre-laboratory and post-laboratory exercisesp. 1
The place of pre-laboratory exercisesp. 21
Pressures on laboratory workp. 22
Coping strategiesp. 22
Facilitating learningp. 23
Pre-laboratory exercisesp. 23
Laboratory effectiveness and pre-laboratory exercisesp. 24
The aims of laboratory workp. 25
Pre-laboratory exercises in use todayp. 26
What might be included in pre-laboratory exercises?p. 27
Post-laboratory exercisesp. 28
Writing pre-laboratory and post-laboratory exercisesp. 29
Epiloguep. 31
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ISBN: 9780854043781
ISBN-10: 0854043780
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 38
Published: July 2003
Publisher: Royal Society Of Chemistry
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 29.5 x 21.0  x 0.2
Weight (kg): 0.33