• Making Inorganic Chemistry Interesting: Analogy Based Pragmatic Approach to Learning

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      Inorganic chemistry, undergraduate, perception, innovations in pedagogy, transformation, defining classroom moments.

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      The undergraduate student perception of inorganic chem-istry as routine and unimaginative was transformed by adopt-ing few innovative approaches in the pedagogy. This is pri-marily a reflection of my experiences in classroom teaching that is presented in this commentary. Fun-oriented, anal-ogy based and pragmatic approach was used to explain sim-ple concepts in inorganic chemistry. Laboratory demonstrations and exposure to understand research articles made the course more interesting. Selective examples of defining classroom moments are presented in this reflective commentary. Framing questions in an animated, imaginative and unconventional style made students feel quite challenged and also experience the joy in learning. The introduction of group discussion as an evaluative component enhanced the soft skills of the students. The creative instinct in learning changed students’ perception of inorganic chemistry from an insipid to a highly engaging and captivating subject.

    • Author Affiliations

       

      Rajesh N1

      1. Department of Chemistry Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani-Hyderabad Campus, Shameerpet Hyderabad 500078, India
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