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Benny, Naama; Blonder, Ron – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2018
Regular high-school chemistry teachers view gifted students as one of several types of students in a regular (mixed-ability) classroom. Gifted students have a range of unique abilities that characterize their learning process: mostly they differ in three key learning aspects: their faster learning pace, increased depth of understanding, and…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Teachers, Teacher Student Relationship, Academically Gifted
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Blonder, Ron; Sakhnini, Sohair – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2017
The high-school chemistry curriculum is loaded with many important chemical concepts that are taught at the high-school level and it is therefore very difficult to add modern contents to the existing curriculum. However, many studies have underscored the importance of integrating modern chemistry contents such as nanotechnology into a high-school…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Secondary School Curriculum, Secondary School Science, Technology Integration
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Blonder, Ron; Zemler, Esty; Rosenfeld, Sherman – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2016
Responsible research and innovation (RRI) stands at the center of several EU projects and represents a contemporary view of the connection between science and society. The goal of RRI is to create a shared understanding of the appropriate behaviors of governments, business and NGOs which are central to building trust and confidence of the public…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Scientific Concepts, Scientific Methodology, Scientific Principles
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Blonder, Ron; Jonatan, Moshe; Bar-Dov, Ziva; Benny, Naama; Rap, Shelley; Sakhnini, Sohair – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2013
The goal of this research was to examine the change in the skills, Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) and self-efficacy beliefs of chemistry teachers regarding video editing and using YouTube videos in high-school chemistry lessons, as a result of a professional development program that focused on editing YouTube videos and the…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Educational Technology, Self Efficacy, Beliefs
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Mandler, Daphna; Mamlok-Naaman, Rachel; Blonder, Ron; Yayon, Malka; Hofstein, Avi – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2012
Discussions held in the chemical education community have generated a variety of reports and recommendations for reforming the chemistry curriculum. The recommendations refer to teaching chemistry in the context of real-world issues. This has been suggested as a way to enhance students' motivation. It is suggested that real-world problems…
Descriptors: World Problems, Water Quality, Motivation, Chemistry
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Blonder, Ron; Sakhnini, Sohair – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2012
A nanotechnology module was developed for ninth grade students in the context of teaching chemistry. Two basic concepts in nanotechnology were chosen: (1) size and scale and (2) surface-area-to-volume ratio (SA/V). A wide spectrum of instructional methods (e.g., game-based learning, learning with multimedia, learning with models, project based…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Student Projects, Grade 9
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Mamlok-Naaman, Rachel; Blonder, Ron; Hofstein, Avi – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2010
In order to help teachers to bring their students into contact with the frontiers of chemistry, a special program for enhancing chemistry teachers' content knowledge as well as their pedagogical knowledge was launched at the Weizmann Institute of Science. The program, which was specifically designed for the chemistry teachers, consists of three…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Science, Chemistry, Science Teachers
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Tuvi-Arad, Inbal; Blonder, Ron – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2010
In this paper we describe the learning process of a group of experienced chemistry teachers in a specially designed workshop on molecular symmetry and continuous symmetry. The workshop was based on interactive visualization tools that allow molecules and their symmetry elements to be rotated in three dimensions. The topic of continuous symmetry is…
Descriptors: Experienced Teachers, Science Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Workshops
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Blonder, Ron; Mamlock-Naaman, Rachel; Hofstein, Avi – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2008
This paper describes the implementation of an open-ended inquiry experiment for high-school students, based on gas chromatography (GC). The research focuses on identifying the level of questions that students ask during the GC open inquiry laboratory, and it examines whether implementing the advanced inquiry laboratory opens up new directions for…
Descriptors: Science Activities, Laboratory Experiments, Inquiry, High Schools