Briar Cliff College has a program of independent study in the student's major field during the junior and senior years. In the past the program was used for library research projects and independent laboratory projects. In all cases the projects were truly independent, that is, separate projects for different students with no interconnections between projects. The investigator felt that it would be advantageous if all of the senior chemistry majors and some of the junior chemistry majors who felt ready for the experience would work on the same general research project but with each student studying just one aspect of the general topic. The same general reactions would be carried out by all students on the project but each student would utilize a different set of chemicals and variations on the general scheme. Essentially the students would be part of a research team.
Iowa Science Teachers' Journal
© Copyright 1972 by the Iowa Academy of Science
Privett, James E.
"Group Independent Study: A Unique Approach to Undergraduate Research,"
Iowa Science Teachers Journal: Vol. 9
, Article 17.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/istj/vol9/iss3/17