Advancing Chemistry by Enhancing Learning in the Laboratory (ACELL): A model for providing professional and personal development and facilitating improved student laboratory learning outcomes

Mark A. Buntine, Justin R. Read, Simon C. Barrie, Robert B. Bucat, Geoffrey T. Crisp, Adrian V. George, Ian M. Jamie, Scott H. Kable

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The Advancing Chemistry by Enhancing Learning in the Laboratory (ACELL) project aims to improve the quality of learning in undergraduate laboratories through two interlocking mechanisms. The first is to build a database of experiments that are both chemically and educationally sound by testing them in a third-party laboratory, usually through an ACELL workshop involving both academic staff and students, to ensure that they work. The second mechanism provides personal and professional development for staff and students through a workshop process, and reinforced through on-going engagement with the ACELL community via the project website and experiment assessment and evaluation. The ACELL workshops include discussion of educational issues, both in abstract (through discussing laboratory learning in general) and concrete (through debriefing of each experiment tested) terms. This paper discusses the design of the ACELL project, and illustrates some of the successes of the staff and student personal and professional development aims.

LanguageEnglish
Pages232-254
Number of pages23
JournalChemistry Education Research and Practice
Volume8
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2007

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Buntine, Mark A. ; Read, Justin R. ; Barrie, Simon C. ; Bucat, Robert B. ; Crisp, Geoffrey T. ; George, Adrian V. ; Jamie, Ian M. ; Kable, Scott H. / Advancing Chemistry by Enhancing Learning in the Laboratory (ACELL) : A model for providing professional and personal development and facilitating improved student laboratory learning outcomes. In: Chemistry Education Research and Practice. 2007 ; Vol. 8, No. 2. pp. 232-254.
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