Developing metacognitive and problem-solving skills through problem manipulation

Journal Article

In a collaborative effort between the our universitys department of chemistry and the academic resource center, we designed a model for general chemistry recitation based on a problem manipulation method in which students actively assess the skills and knowledge used to answer a chemical problem and then manipulate the problem to create a new one. This reflective process aims to facilitate student engagement with the chemistry problem-solving process and to enhance student metacognition by helping students identify their knowledge gaps. The recitation format provides an opportunity for students to work collaboratively on this process and to present and discuss their work. Student response to this new style of recitation was overwhelmingly positive. In addition, students easily assimilated the vocabulary of the methodology into everyday conversation and were better able to articulate their learning needs. © 2011 The American Chemical Society and Division of Chemical Education, Inc.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Siburt, CJP; Bissell, AN; MacPhail, RA

Published Date

  • 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 88 / 11

Start / End Page

  • 1489 - 1495

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-9584

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1021/ed100891s