Merging water research, analytical chemistry, and agile management to shape prospective professionals through the project-centred collaborative approach focusing on water bodies rather than water samples
ID Gros, Nataša (Author)

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Professionals of different disciplines, including chemists and chemical engineers, engage in water research, even though they might not have been extensively trained in it during their studies. We describe a project-centred master level subject “Water as a Hydrogeological, Ecological, and Analytical System”, which, by focussing on waterbodies instead of a particular aspect of water quality, merges total analytical process with water research and, by a considerate choice of chemical parameters, enables students to apply water-research-specific data-treatment techniques, including the Piper and Stiff diagram, to discuss water genesis, processes in water, and influences on waterbodies. Agile management, initiated in computer engineering in 2001, is believed to contribute to better products in a shorter time. We demonstrate how its incorporation into the organisational scheme helped students self-organise, handle their projects, and collaborate within and between groups. Student’s expressions confirm their overall satisfaction, motivation, and that the omission of the final classical exam had no adverse effects on the learning outcomes. Their consent with different benefits of the project-centred collaborative approach and their self-efficacy beliefs, respectively, expressed as mean values in a five-grade Likert scale ranged from 4.26 to 5.00 and from 4.32 to 5.00. Regarding the students’ time investment, the project-centred approach as the mean grade 3 confirmed is not recognised as an easier way. We provide partially self-calculating, self-notifying Excel spreadsheet tables to ease the implementation of water research data-treatment techniques, which help students collaborate and discuss their subject extensively.

Keywords:water research, waterbody, analytical chemistry, data treatment, Piper diagram, agile management, master-level education, project-based learning, collaborative learning, students self-efficacy beliefs
Work type:Article
Typology:1.01 - Original Scientific Article
Organization:FKKT - Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology
Publication status:Published
Publication version:Version of Record
Number of pages:23 str.
Numbering:Vol. 13, iss. 19, art. 10803
PID:20.500.12556/RUL-136296 This link opens in a new window
ISSN on article:2071-1050
DOI:10.3390/su131910803 This link opens in a new window
COBISS.SI-ID:78598403 This link opens in a new window
Publication date in RUL:22.04.2022
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Keywords:raziskave vod, vodno telo, analizna kemija, vrednotenje rezultatov, Piperjev diagram, agilno vodenje, magistrski študij, projektno učenje, sodelovalno učenje, mnenja študentov o lastni učinkovitosti


Funder:ARRS - Agencija za raziskovalno dejavnost Republike Slovenije
Project number:P1-0153
Name:Raziskave in razvoj analiznih metod in postopkov

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