Introducing elements of inquiry and experimental design in the first year of an undergraduate laboratory programme

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Abstract

This work further implements the "elements of inquiry" approach in a first year undergraduate laboratory course, in a two-part inquiry sequence. In the first part of the sequence, students iteratively develop a "best-practice" TLC procedure. In the second part, students iteratively optimise a simple organic reaction using TLC, making experimental design choices within a controlled environment. The work has been well-received by students and instructors, as a reflection of real-world research challenges introduced at a first-year level.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4118-4123
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Chemical Education
Volume99
Issue number12
Early online date6 Jul 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 6 Jul 2022

Keywords

  • inquiry-based
  • discovery learning
  • esters
  • thin layer chromatography
  • first-year undergraduate
  • general
  • organic chemistry

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