The signature pedagogy in chemistry education

Lim, Kieran F 2013, The signature pedagogy in chemistry education, Chemistry in Australia, vol. 2013 (September), pp. 35-35.

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Title The signature pedagogy in chemistry education
Author(s) Lim, Kieran FORCID iD for Lim, Kieran F
Journal name Chemistry in Australia
Volume number 2013 (September)
Start page 35
End page 35
Total pages 1
Publisher Royal Australian Chemical Institute
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic
Publication date 2013-09
ISSN 0314-4240
Keyword(s) Chemistry education
Laboratory education
Academic standards
Threshold learning outcomes (TLOs)
Summary Laboratories are the signature pedagogy in chemistry education. The chemical sciences are based in investigations that are reproducible, and objectively testable. Some investigations might involve testing a hypothesis – does a carbonate produce carbon dioxide gas when reacted with acid? Other activities may not have an obvious hypothesis – how much salt is in this detergent package? Nevertheless, laboratory work is a distinctive part of science generally, and of chemistry in particular.

Laboratory work is a significant part of working in the chemistry profession. The best way for students to learn what scientists do, is to do what scientists do. The only way to conduct a laboratory investigation is to get into a laboratory and to do it!

Learning and doing chemistry in a laboratory is an important and irreplaceable part of a chemistry education.
Language eng
Field of Research 160506 Education Policy
130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development
HERDC Research category C4 Letter or note
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