The chemistry of group learning : inquiry-based learning in small groups for undergraduates Science and Engineering at the University of Aveiro in Portugal

Puffelen, Carolina van (2005) The chemistry of group learning : inquiry-based learning in small groups for undergraduates Science and Engineering at the University of Aveiro in Portugal.

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Abstract:This study explored the process of inquiry-based small group learning of undergraduates participating in a mini project Chemistry. The Department of Chemistry at the University of Aveiro, confronted with an increasing number of undergraduates shifted to a more student-centered approach to preserve the quality of learning and teaching in cooperation with the Department of Didactics and Educational Technology,. The course units Chemistry I and II for undergraduates were redesigned and concentrated on interactions between teachers, students and task. Learning environments were created to stimulate question posing and inquiry-based mini project were organized around actual Chemistry topics to interest students for the subject matter. Until now research mainly focused on the number and kind of questions asked during the mini project and the presentation. Little is known about the inquiry-based learning process and interactions of the group members while making progress in the project execution. One group of students was observed during all group sessions and the final presentation. Even though the study has its limitations because it concentrated on one case, findings strengthen the theory that group composition and interdependence of the group task play an important role in small group learning. In this case study verbal interactions and formulating questions proved to be indicators for successful completion of group work.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:81 education, teaching
Programme:Educational Science and Technology MSc (60023)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/62845
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