Assessment of Practical and Scientific Writing Skills for Pre-University Students through Project-Based Learning

Wan Roslina, Wan Yusof and Melody, Kimi and Wan Sharifatun Handayani, Wan Zullkiplee and Mohd Alhafiizh, Zailani and Mardhiah, Shahabudin and Abdul Al-Hafiz, Ismail and Sharifah Mona, Abd. Aziz Abdullah and Iswan Nur Ariff, Ismail and Dhana Jay, Raja Gopal (2021) Assessment of Practical and Scientific Writing Skills for Pre-University Students through Project-Based Learning. Journal of Chemical Education. pp. 1-8. ISSN 1938-1328

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Chemistry is one of the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects that has been perceived as an unattractive subject among students due to its scientific theories and practices in a laboratory. Practical and scientific writing skills are two crucial components in chemistry courses, including at the Pre-University level, thus requiring educators to design activities that integrate both skills in chemistry learning. This article describes the assessment using a projectbased learning approach to assess students’ practical and scientific writing skills for the Organic Chemistry course at the Universiti Malaysia Sarawak Foundation in Science program. A total of 72 PreUniversity science students participated in a Chemistry Group Project assessment. The students were divided into 6 groups and asked to write a proposal on the basis of a chosen title, conduct laboratory work, collect data, and prepare a final report. The assessment was conducted in a single semester from learning week 1 to learning week 17. Results of this study were collected through the submitted proposal, final reports, practical sessions, and students’ feedback. Students obtained good marks for practical and scientific writing with average marks of 84.9% and 84.4%, respectively. The results revealed that implementing the Chemistry Group Project as project-based learning leads to increased performance in practical and scientific writing skills and social skills among Pre-University students. Therefore, the Chemistry Group Project should be conducted as one of the learning activities and practical approaches at the Pre-University level.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: High School/Introductory Chemistry, Laboratory Instruction, Organic Chemistry, Collaborative/Cooperative Learning, Inquiry-Based/Discovery Learning, Student-Centered Learning, Applications of Chemistry
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Centre for Pre-University Studies
Depositing User: Wan Yusof
Date Deposited: 27 Dec 2021 01:41
Last Modified: 27 Dec 2021 01:41

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