Pogil - Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning

A New Approach to Analytical Chemistry: The Development of Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning Materials

A group of analytical chemists is developing Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) materials that impart widely accepted analytical chemistry principles while engaging students as active learners and in communication. POGIL facilitates their development in process skills such as critical thinking, advanced problem solving and teamwork. The range of institutions and student populations represented by the analytical members facilitates the production of POGIL materials that are broadly applicable and readily adoptable by instructors in a variety of institutional settings. These analytical chemistry classroom POGIL activities are being used collectively in traditional analytical chemistry courses as well as individually in an assortment of other courses that include analytical chemistry concepts. Evaluation of this project includes peer and student assessment of the written POGIL materials, as well as assessment of student learning, student attitudes, and student process skills. The project culminates in the production of a book of analytical chemistry POGIL activities for commercial distribution, along with an instructor's guide, which includes implementation and assessment strategies for instructors who adopt the activities. Dissemination occurs through a national outreach effort by the analytical chemistry members and the national POGIL group.

Principal Investigators:

(Drew University)
(University of Iowa)

This project is funded by the National Science Foundation under grant DUE-0717492.


Award Start Date: 12/01/2007
Award Expiration Date: 11/30/2011


ANA-POGIL: Adopting POGIL Methodology for Analytical Chemistry

Goals of these ANA-POGIL pages
  • Facilitate development of POGIL materials for analytical chemistry courses, covering quantitative analysis and instrumental analysis topics
  • Make POGIL materials available to interested analytical chemistry instructors
  • Provide feedback for developed POGIL materials or materials "in process"
  • Facilitate the formation of an analytical chemistry community to exchange ideas / best practices, mentor efforts in new pedagogies, and address any other pertinent issues in analytical chemistry
Why adopt POGIL methodology for analytical chemistry?

Analytical chemists need to have strong problem solving skills, data acquisition and data handling skills, and a critical eye for judging the quality of data and experimental results. The POGIL methodology has been shown to be effective for advancing these skills and improving student learning in other chemistry sub-disciplines. POGIL materials are an exemplary vehicle to impart analytical chemistry course content while promoting the effective growth of much needed analytical skills including information processing, analytical reasoning and advanced problem solving.