Guided inquiry and curriculum reform at Northwestern University

The experiences gained at the 2006 CWCS workshop (Teaching Guided Inquiry Organic Chemistry) have been instructive as Northwestern overhauls the undergraduate organic laboratory curriculum to reflect a more green and guided inquiry model. Following the workshop, a 2.5 million dollar renovation of the laboratory space has been completed. The new space is much more open and conducive to the types of collaborative experiments that were part of the 2006 workshop. In addition, more guided inquiry experiments have been introduced into Northwestern's curriculum. One such guided inquiry experiment has since been published in J. Chem. Ed. (2008, 85, 698-700). Details of both the lab renovation and the curriculum overhaul will be presented.
Authors: 
Owen P. Priest
Author Affiliation: 
Chemistry Northwestern University Evanston IL United States