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Chemistry Writing Instruction and Training: Implementing a Comprehensive Approach to Improving Student Communication Skills

Stewart, Alexander F.; Williams, Andrea L.; Löfgreen, Jennifer LU ; Edgar, Landon J. G.; Hoch, Laura B. and Dicks, Andrew P. (2016) In Journal of Chemical Education 93(1). p.86-92
Abstract
The ability of science undergraduate students to capably communicate course content and their understanding of scientific phenomena through writing has long been considered a problem. Effective methods for improving student writing skills are often fragmented and undertaken on a course-by-course basis rather than as a coordinated approach. This paper describes the implementation of a departmental effort to enhance and evaluate chemistry student writing in several upper-year laboratory courses. The program involves introducing extensive writing focused aspects to course assignments and reports and has impacted over 600 students during a six-year period. Student feedback has been exceptionally positive from undergraduates as well as graduate... (More)
The ability of science undergraduate students to capably communicate course content and their understanding of scientific phenomena through writing has long been considered a problem. Effective methods for improving student writing skills are often fragmented and undertaken on a course-by-course basis rather than as a coordinated approach. This paper describes the implementation of a departmental effort to enhance and evaluate chemistry student writing in several upper-year laboratory courses. The program involves introducing extensive writing focused aspects to course assignments and reports and has impacted over 600 students during a six-year period. Student feedback has been exceptionally positive from undergraduates as well as graduate students who previously participated in the initiative. (Less)
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Upper-Division Undergraduate, Graduate Education/Research, Curriculum, Communication/Writing, Student-Centered Learning, TA, Training/Orientation
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Higher Education
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Journal of Chemical Education
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93
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1
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86 - 92
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The American Chemical Society
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0021-9584
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10.1021/acs.jchemed.5b00373
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English
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  author       = {Stewart, Alexander F. and Williams, Andrea L. and Löfgreen, Jennifer and Edgar, Landon J. G. and Hoch, Laura B. and Dicks, Andrew P.},
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  keyword      = {Upper-Division Undergraduate,Graduate Education/Research,Curriculum,Communication/Writing,Student-Centered Learning,TA,Training/Orientation},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {86--92},
  publisher    = {The American Chemical Society},
  series       = {Journal of Chemical Education},
  title        = {Chemistry Writing Instruction and Training: Implementing a Comprehensive Approach to Improving Student Communication Skills},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.jchemed.5b00373},
  volume       = {93},
  year         = {2016},
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