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Student-focussed approaches that can enhance understanding and appreciation of research in the chemical sciences


Constable, GEO and Bissember, AC and Pullen, R, Student-focussed approaches that can enhance understanding and appreciation of research in the chemical sciences, Australian Journal of Chemistry, 74, (9) pp. 627-631. ISSN 0004-9425 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1071/CH21097


The alignment of intended learning outcomes for chemistry graduates and the actualised outcomes has been called into question recently. Opportunities to address this lie in the integration of undergraduate learning experiences in which students develop real-world skills and engage with problems that they may encounter as graduates in contemporary workplaces or modern society more broadly. This Highlight article provides an overview of three such approaches, including offering students authentic research experiences within (or outside of) normal degree programs, engaging students in citizen science projects, and considering curriculum reforms to better align with a systems thinking framework. Where possible, we provide explicit examples grounded in the Australian context, accompanied by some thoughts on the challenges that may be encountered when implementing these approaches in practice.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:systems thinking, curriculum design, undergraduate research, undergraduate chemistry, chemistry education, citizen science, chemistry in society, threshold learning outcomes
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Science, technology and engineering curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum
UTAS Author:Bissember, AC (Associate Professor Alex Bissember)
ID Code:146951
Year Published:2021
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (FT200100049)
Deposited By:Chemistry
Deposited On:2021-10-05
Last Modified:2022-04-06
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