Monday, 23 May 2005 - 1:00 PM

This presentation is part of: About the General Chemistry Laboratory II

Keynote Address: Is the Textbook Dead?

John C. Kotz, SUNY-Oneonta, Oneonta, NY

The speaker, a textbook author, has been expecting the gradual demise of chemistry textbooks for 25 years, but textbooks continue to dominate the curriculum. Is there evidence from our own students that they are as effective as we believe them to be? Do students use them and, if so, how are they used, particularly in introductory courses? What are the most and least effective aspects of textbooks? What improvements can be made? Are there effective, affordable alternatives to textbooks? Most importantly, what might the textbook become in the next decade? This talk will describe the use of textbooks and technology in an introductory, general chemistry course and will address the questions posed above.

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