DOI: 10.1039/d3rp00245d ISSN: 1109-4028

10 Guiding principles for learning in the laboratory

Michael K. Seery, Hendra Y. Agustian, Frederik V. Christiansen, Bente Gammelgaard, Rie H. Malm
  • Education
  • Chemistry (miscellaneous)

Laboratory work in chemistry has been extensively researched in the last decade but the gap between research and practice is still broad. This Perspective shares 10 guiding principles relating to university laboratory education, drawing on research over the last decade. Written with an audience of practitioners in mind, the Perspective aligns with Hounsell and Hounsell's congruence framework, so that the 10 principles consider all aspects of the laboratory curriculum: design, teaching approaches, and assessment approaches as suggested by Biggs, but additional contextual factors relating to teaching context: backgrounds of students and their support, and overall laboratory organisation and management. After discussing the rationale for each guiding principle, examples of approaches are given from recent literature along with prompts to help enact the guiding principle in practice.

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