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Educational Alternatives, Volume 21, 2023

DEVELOPING PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILLS IN CHEMISTRY STUDENTS THROUGH PROJECT-BASED LEARNING
Julieta Litka Milian
Pages: 85-96
Published: 20 Oct 2023
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Abstract: This article outlines the efforts undertaken to enhance the Advanced Organic Chemistry course at the third-year level by integrating transferable skills into the curriculum, thus improving the employability of students. The study demonstrates the potential of practical classes in promoting problem-solving and creative thinking skills, which are essential for achieving higher-order learning outcomes that are sought after by businesses and institutions hiring chemistry graduates. To achieve this, the course was redesigned to include a project that each student had to complete during their 12 days of allocated laboratory sessions, based on cutting-edge research, providing relevant and up-to-date information on the latest developments in the field. Students were given the freedom to make their own choices throughout the project, promoting initiative, self-confidence, problem-solving, and time-management skills. The project focused on developing technical skills crucial to research laboratories, instilling a curiosity-driven and research-oriented mindset that would enable students to face unforeseen challenges in their professional lives.
Keywords: project-based learning, enhancing employability, problem- solving, creative thinking, laboratory teaching, organic chemistry, undergraduate students
Cite this article: Julieta Litka Milian. DEVELOPING PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILLS IN CHEMISTRY STUDENTS THROUGH PROJECT-BASED LEARNING. Journal of International Scientific Publications: Educational Alternatives 21, 85-96 (2023). https://www.scientific-publications.net/en/article/1002572/
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