Investigating Students’ Expectations and Values in a Transformed General Chemistry Laboratory Course

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Delaney Serlin, Justin Carmel, Melanie Cooper

An ongoing transformation within the general chemistry laboratories at Michigan State University, supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, replaced traditional, individual “cookbook” procedures with project-based activities. The new curriculum enables students to engage in many of the Scientific and Engineering Practices: working in groups to design experiments, collect and analyze data, and use evidence to support conclusions. The purpose of this study is to further our understanding of students’ experiences and learning within the new general chemistry laboratory structure. Through the implementation of this new curriculum, we will discuss the preliminary results on the expectations and values held by students and the resulting implications on their understanding of science.

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