P21: Who gives a darn? A guided inquiry workbook that improves student perceived relevance of organic chemistry

Author: Ehren C. Bucholtz, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, USA

Co-Author: Benjamin S. Barth, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, USA

Date: 8/3/14

Time: 4:20 PM4:40 PM

Room: LMH 176

Related Symposium: S3

Many non-major students taking organic chemistry do not see the value in the course because of a perceived lack of relevance to their everyday lives and future careers. To increase relevance of a pre-professional course, a workbook of 65 guided inquiry activities was developed with “Who gives a Darn? (WGAD)” topics. Each class activity has 1) a problem presented at the beginning of the lesson that can be answered by using concepts learned within the activity materials, 2) specified learning objectives 3) student success criteria for assessment and 4) a set of problems to help the student practice skills and solve the WGAD problem. Student perception of relevance was obtained using the Individual Development and Educational Assessment (IDEA) Teaching Evaluation. From fall 2008 to spring 2013 over 800 students used the materials, and percent of students positively responding to statements of course relevance increased from 34% to 89%.