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  • 1. The IDEA ExperimentsEnabling Genuine Inquiry in the Undergraduate Laboratory Dr Chris Thompson, Monash University1

2. The IDEA Experiments Why feel the need to change anything?2 3. The IDEA Experiments Why change anything? National Secondary Curriculum. Old and Stale. Students themselves change. We have better tools. Graduate attributes.3 4. The IDEA ExperimentsInquiry Design Explore Answer? 5. The IDEA Experiments Catalysing Change Assoc Prof Les Kirkup ALTC Fellowship Visited Monash Les Sticky Tape Exp! Subsequently rolled out to >50 demonstrators from chem/bio/phys at Monash.5 6. The IDEA Experiments Replaces the traditional recipe style experiment - no lab manual! Invokes a more authentic approach to science Teamwork (3 4), collaborative Ask questions, background research 6 Step Approach to enable genuine inquiry6 7. The IDEA Experiments Herrons Hierachy of Inquiry7 8. The IDEA Experiments Organic Chem Structural Elucidation Functional Group Wet-tests Synthesis TLC Recrystallisation8 9. The IDEA Experiments Cymbals Crystal Field Theory Spectrophotometry Quantitative & Gravimetric Analysis9 10. Student Perspectives What did you think was the main lesson to be learnt from this practical?: "How to work as a scientist without any knowledge of (a) substance and determine it through experimentation" "Experimenters face a great deal of challenges when they are trying to find out something unknown. Even when they take all necessary precautions, they still may be faced with errors." "The issues and situations a chemist could experience in the field."10 11. The IDEA Experiments Does it work? We definitely think so! Is it easy to set up? Design Demonstrators Are my colleagues on board? Yes, and the IDEAS are spreading.11 12. The IDEA Experiments Does it work? We definitely think so! Is it easy to set up? Design Demonstrators Are my colleagues on board? Yes, and the IDEAS are spreading.12 13. The IDEA Experiments Where to from here? Transition to higher levels In Level 2 chemistry were already using fewer recipes, and diversifying assessment. Orals The Moot Court. 13 14. The IDEA Experiments Acknowledgements The IDEA Team Gerry Rayner Theo Hughes Kate-Charlton-Robb The Chemistry Team Mary-Rose Carroll Dr Florence Laibe Hayden Dickson Ivan Martinez Faculty of Science Education Grant SaMNet (esp. Cristina Varsavsky & Liz Johnson) 14