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 developed Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) materials that impart widely accepted analytical chemistry principles while engaging students as active learners and in communication.

These analytical chemistry classroom POGIL activities will be 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 included peer and student assessment of the written POGIL materials, as well as assessment of student learning, student attitudes, and student process skills.

The project culminated 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. 

In addition, a second book focusing on instrumentation, is currently in production.

Principal Investigators:

(Drew University)
(University of Iowa)

This project was 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.