365 POGIL (Process-Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning) and the POGIL Project

Friday, November 6, 2009: 8:20 AM
Longhorn (Camino Real Hotel)
Frank J. Creegan , Department of Chemistry, Washington College, Chestertown, MD
Process-Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) is a classroom and laboratory environment in which students are actively engaged in mastering course content and in developing essential skills by working in self-managed groups on guided inquiry activities. In the classroom these activities take the form of worksheets (ChemActivities) that are composed of data sets (models), which are followed by a series of carefully scaffolded critical thinking questions that guide the students to explore and explain the data so as to develop an understanding of, or invent, the underpinning chemical concepts. Refinement of the developed theories is achieved by answering a set of additional questions or problems devoted to the application of the concept to new situations. This three-stage learning cycle approach (Exploration Concept Invention Application) is also used in the POGIL laboratory where student-generated data are analyzed for trends and patterns. Students, working in self-managed groups, obtain these data by performing experiments and/or making measurements in response to a focus question (Question of the Day) posed by the instructor. Concepts to be developed in the lab have not been previously introduced in the lecture or classroom setting and cannot be fully developed or understood without the use of data pooled from within and/or across lab sections. The use of this student-centered approach will be illustrated and data that show improvement in learning will be presented. Opportunities for joining the growing network of POGIL practitioners via the POGIL Project will be described.
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