Case-Study General Chemistry Curriculum Supplements
Your students arrive in your chemistry class with an enormous diversity of background. What if the instructional material teaching the concepts of chemistry linked to many of their common experiences?
Wouldn't it become easier to make an impact, to have active learning, showing how chemistry impacts the mainstream of our lives?
ChemCases.com units are freely available for your use. They link chemical concepts taught in General Chemistry to responsible decision making in our society.
The cases provide a ready resource of capsules of knowledge that challenge and entertain your students. They provide you with a continuing, thematic source of auxiliary material to supplement your instruction.
ChemCases.com is a web-based resource of curriculum supplements for teaching the second semester general chemistry course.
Each case study features a number of the basic principles covered in a traditional general chemistry curriculum. We use these concepts to address the decisions that influence development of successful consumer, agricultural and pharmaceutical products.
ChemCases provide immediate relevancy -- an instant linkage between familiar products and events and the chemistry underlying their existence. ChemCases explain the benign and explore the controversial, raising our science of chemistry into the mainstream of the flow of decision making.
How do ChemCases Educate?
ChemCase pedagogy includes:
1. Case-based content in which students are instroduced to real products and events. ChemCases link product development, the underlying chemistry, and the decisions faced by developers as the product was established and maintained;
2. A concept-based process that is ideally suited for electronic presentation. ChemCases are based on concept maps -- the expression of ideas linked by their relationship to each other. The concepts in turn generate unique, self-contained case capsules;
3. An increasing cognitive demand requiring the student to move beyond simply knowing and understanding chemistry. The capsules introduce chemical facts and event history at the beginning of the case. ChemCases apply the science to problems of development, then analyze and evaluate chemistry and its role in the problems and opportunities in the events that follow. As the case flows toward its conclusion, the documents become more complex, less unequivocal. Students must understand the knowledge, then apply it and, finally, work to evaluate conflicting and contradictory data to respond to a Case Discussion unit; and
4. A promise or covenant between student, instructor and author that patient, daily attention to the curriculum will result in a successful conclusion.
ChemCases.com is a series of curriculum units that link responsible decision making in product development with chemical principles taught in General Chemistry.
We expect ChemCases.com curriculum supplements will lead interested students toward the sciences, medicine, pharmacy and engineering by:
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