Rationale of the Working Group

At the general assembly meeting of the European Chemistry Thematic Network (ECTN) in Vienna in April 2006 the ECTN decided to form a new working group dedicated to “Innovative Methods in University Chemistry Teaching”. It was agreed that Ingo Eilks (Bremen, DE) and Bill Byers (Ulster, UK) would act jointly as the working group leaders.

The objective of the working group is to survey good practice involving innovative teaching methods in university chemistry education at all levels. This will include many of the recent initiatives introduced by ECTN working groups

The final aim is to produce a publication covering the field. The book will contain

- Pedagogical justifications for different kinds of innovative methods in chemistry teaching stemming from educational theory and empirical research,

- Critical and comparative overviews of different approaches, and

- A collection of good practices from the ECTN member institutions and beyond. Possibly new innovations may be developed within the project’s timescale and become part of the product.

A major objective of the project will be to produce a book that will be printed and disseminated with ECTN support. The book will contain single chapters dealing with different fields of innovation for chemistry teaching (see sub-groups). Each chapter will includes (1) ideas, approaches and a theoretical background, (2) a review of relevant literature and (3) examples and experiences from within ECTN and beyond.