LABORATORY TEACHING IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
Univeristy of Vigo (SPAIN)
About this paper:
Appears in: ICERI2010 Proceedings
Publication year: 2010
Conference name: 3rd International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 15-17 November, 2010
Location: Madrid, Spain
Abstract:The study programs for scientific and technical degrees include classroom theoretical teaching, analysis and resolution of real exercises, and some more practical teaching in the laboratory. The laboratory teaching focuses in the application of the theoretical concepts and principles to practical cases, in order to complement the theoretical classes and to reinforce the understandability of the main theoretical concepts.
Commonly, the professor provides the students with a detailed recipe about what to do and how to do in the lab. The recipe contains the theoretical basis and the detailed description of the work in the lab in order to reach the desired result. However, there is different approach to the laboratory teaching. The professor can provide the student with the theoretical concepts and the practical tools to get the desired results without a detailed recipe. It makes the laboratory teaching more dynamic and creative. However, it implies more work for the professor and the student. The professor needs to supervise the work of the student more closely; and the student has to organize his/her work before to go to the lab.
Keywords: Laboratory, chemistry, engineering.